Campus Carry Debated in Arizona Senate
Catalina, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- SB 1467, the AzCDL-requested Campus Carry bill was debated in the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) on Thursday, March 11th. It passed out of the COW, with a “do pass” recommendation, after being amended.
The amended bill prevents the governing boards of colleges and universities from prohibiting the “lawful possession or carrying of a weapon on a public right-of-way.” That covers streets, sidewalks, etc. open to public use. Since in places like Phoenix and Tucson, it’s almost impossible to not pass through a campus during daily travels, the new language ensures that you won’t be breaking the law by turning down the wrong street.
It’s not everything we want, but it’s an improvement over the current law where only criminals can be armed on college and university campuses and law-abiding citizens can instantly become criminals by simply making a wrong turn in their travels. The amended SB 1467 is still a good step in the right direction. We’ll continue to support its passage.
Anti-Rights Dirty Tricks
The anti-rights crowd has gone all out in Arizona this year to prevent teachers, staff, and students from having a safe learning environment. East Coast based national groups have beefed up their staff in Arizona. At the Capitol, they have spared no expense on lobbying, including holding a closed meeting with “freshmen” legislators in the House (AzCDL tried to attend but we were stopped at the door). On college and university campuses, they have conducted a series of fear-based indoctrination sessions disguised as “forums” to discuss Campus Carry.
Sadly, they have also exploited the victims of Tucson shooting tragedy in order to intimidate nervous legislators. And, their sycophants in the media have been lapping it up and spewing out falsehoods. It’s amazing how much they’re willing to spend to suppress efforts to restore a safe environment for your children when they attend a college or university in Arizona.
We expect SB 1467 to be voted on during a Senate Third Read in the coming week. We will keep you informed of its progress and alert you if the famous “persuasion” by AzCDL members is needed on this or any other bill.
Stay tuned! When critical legislation moves, we will notify you via these Alerts.
A list of the firearms and self-defense related bills, along with links, that AzCDL is monitoring can be found at our website: www.azcdl.org/html/2011_bills.html .
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AzCDL – Protecting Your Freedom
AzCDL believes that the emphasis of gun laws should be on criminal misuse and that law-abiding citizens should be able to own and carry firearms unaffected by unnecessary laws or regulations. AzCDL was founded by a group of local activists who recognized that a sustained, coordinated, statewide effort was critical to protecting and expanding the rights of law-abiding gun owners. As a like-minded coalition of activists, the AzCDL founders were instrumental in the successful passage of the first major improvement to Arizona's CCW (concealed carry) laws since they were instituted in 1994. Visit: www.azcdl.org