2nd Amendment Action

April 22, 2016 by  

Unsurprisingly, a slew of restrictive gun rights bills were sponsored this session…but these are not the only threats to the 2nd Amendment in Arizona.  The Feds and local governments are on the gun control march, too.  Thus, legislators are working to strengthen Arizona’s weapons laws against preemptive action from either direction – including these (courtesy of Arizona Citizens Defense League):

HB 2224 Signed into law! – protects law-abiding firearm owners from having to pay a fee to the government for the legal transfer of a firearm – their own private property – between private parties.

HB 2081 – would prohibit the state, counties, cities or towns from requiring private parties to search federal or state databases, or involve third parties, to make private sales, gifts, donations or other transfers of personal property.  This one was vetoed.

HB 2338 – Few of Arizona’s institutions of higher learning are self-contained with proprietary roads for entrance and egress.  Most university properties are adjacent to, or intertwined with, streets, roads, alleys and other thoroughfares maintained by, and under the jurisdiction of, the political subdivision the campus is situated within.  Yet the governing boards of these institutions have policies creating criminals out of anyone possessing a firearm on these public rights of way.  HB 2338 clarifies that the possession of firearms on public thoroughfares that are not exclusively campus property are not subject to the educational institutions policies –  such as prohibiting a person from lawfully possessing or carrying a deadly weapon.  Signed into law!

HB 2524 – establishes an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than existing federal law.  Interstate compacts are binding contracts between states under the U.S. Constitution.  They have the effect of federal law and cannot be undone by state legislation unless provided for in the compact itself.  The passage of this bill is kryptonite to the “universal background check” ballot measures that are being attempted.  This bill was vetoed.

SB 1266 –  would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes.   Signed into law! 

SB 1257  would allow CCW permit holders to carry in public facilities unless everyone entering is screened for weapons.  CCW permit holders, in addition to meeting firearms training and testing requirements, have undergone background and fingerprint checks and have been officially certified by the State of Arizona’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) as competent and trustworthy to discreetly carry a firearm, including into places that serve alcohol.  Failed in the Senate  14-14.

This provision would NOT apply to:

”       Public establishments that already screen all those entering for weapons.

”       Public establishments licensed to serve alcohol.

”       Courts, jails, law enforcement agencies and federal facilities.

”       Schools, colleges or universities.

”       Private business that ban weapons.

For the record, I support all of the above bills. 


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