Arizona Citizens Defense League Legislative Update 4/5/2011
Catalina, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- The Legislature has been focused on budget issues.
As a result, the progress of other bills has been delayed. Among those are the bills that AzCDL is supporting. Listed below is the status of pro-rights firearms related bills that are still viable this legislative session.
In the House, the following Senate bills have passed out of committee and are awaiting further debate, review and action by the full House.
- SB 1201, the AzCDL-requested bill that says that if a state or local government office is going to post a “No Firearms” sign, then security measures must be in place to ensure that no one is capable of bringing in a firearm without detection.
- SB 1391, a bill that would authorize and direct the Governor to enter into interstate compacts with other states that have a “Firearms Freedom Act” like the one that was passed last year in Arizona.
- SB 1467, the AzCDL-requested Campus Carry bill.
- SB 1469, a bill that would strengthen current self-defense statutes by broadening the allowance for the use of force and provide greater protection for those forced to defend themselves from an attacker. This bill also needs to be reviewed by the House Rules Committee before proceeding.
- SB 1610, a bill that would establish the Colt Single Action Army Revolver as the state firearm. This bill also needs to be reviewed by the House Rules Committee before proceeding.
- SCR 1020, the AzCDL-requested proposed Constitutional Amendment that would protect crime victims from law suits by those who harm them.
- In the Senate, the following bills are awaiting a Third Read vote before being sent back to the House.
- HB 2006, the AzCDL-requested bill that repeals ARS 17-305 prohibiting the carrying of firearms in game refuges.
- HB 2146, the AzCDL-requested bill that would remove the burden from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to approve CCW training courses, training organizations, and instructors.
- HB 2645, formerly an AzCDL requested bill dealing with the disposition of forfeited weapons. This bill has been replaced by a “strike-everything” amendment. The new language modifies the law related to the restoration of the right to possess a firearm by mentally ill persons. It also adds retired peace officers to the “carrying of firearms by peace officers” statute. HB 2645 must be debated in the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) before a Third Read vote.
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 .
These alerts are a project of the Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), an all volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization. Join today! www.azcdl.org/html/join_us_.html .
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- AzCDL’s Political Action Committee (PAC) is also on Facebook: www.tinyurl.com/FacebookAzCDLPAC .
- AzCDL – Protecting Your Freedom www.azcdl.org/html/accomplishments.html .
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