At the end of the third week of the Legislature, the number of bills filled is a few shy of 1,000. Monday, February 2, is the deadline for Senate bills to be filed and February 9 is the deadline for House bills to be filed. The status and summaries of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page. It is updated daily throughout the session.
HB 2320 (Brenda Barton, LD-6), which would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property unless every person entering is screened for weapons, is scheduled for a House Military and Public Safety (MAPS) Committee hearing on Thursday, February 5. At this point we do not feel it necessary to contact the committee leadership or members about HB 2320. AzCDL’s representatives will be present at the hearing and available to provide any necessary testimony.
More pro-rights bills filed this week
SB 1291 (Steve Smith, LD-11) would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when political subdivisions (state agencies, counties, cities, etc.) disregard state firearm preemption statues. Currently a political subdivision can ignore the law with impunity.
SB 1330 (Kelli Ward, LD-5) would make any future federal acts that violate the Second Amendment invalid in Arizona. State and local law enforcement would be prohibited from enforcing, or assisting in the enforcement of, federal actions that violate the Second Amendment.
Steady drumbeat from those who want to disarm you
This week saw the filing of another “background check” bill, this time in the Senate. SB 1269 contains identical language to HB 2118 and HCR 2014. Each of these bills would criminalize private firearm transfers, the prelude to establishing gun owner registration and firearms confiscation.
Criminalizing gun ownership is the theme from the anti-rights crowd this year. Bloomberg’s marionettes in Arizona are mimicking what is happening in Nevada – push “expanded background” legislation while setting the stage for a ballot measure in the 2016 election.
In Nevada, the petition gathering process for their ballot measure has already been completed. Their next stop is Arizona. This is a well-orchestrated effort that exploits a weakness in the constitutions of several Western states, including Arizona. Defeating this attack requires gun owners to get involved across the state. Help AzCDL spread the word. Share this email. Tell your friends. We can stop this!
Stay informed and up to date! The status of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.
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