Multiple Pro Gun Bills make it through Arizona Legislature Before Session End
Catalina, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- The current legislative session officially ended on April 20, 2011.
The House adjourned at 5:21 AM. The Senate adjourned at 5:25 AM. AzCDL was there the whole time!
Since the session is over, the clock has been “reset” for any bill still being reviewed by the Governor. She now has 10 days, not counting Sundays, to make a decision on any bill on her desk. The deadline for the Governor is now Monday, May 2, 2011.
The presents a tremendous opportunity for you to contact Governor Brewer and urge her to sign SB 1201, the AzCDL-requested bill that says that if a state or local government office is going to ban firearms, then security measures must be in place to ensure that no one is capable of bringing in a firearm without detection.
Don’t lose this opportunity – It is critical that you contact the Governor today!
The following is the status of AzCDL supported bills that made it through the legislature and to the Governor this session.
- HB 2006, the AzCDL-requested bill that repeals ARS 17-305 prohibiting the carrying of firearms in game refuges, was sent to the Governor on April 20, 2011.
- 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, was signed by the Governor on April 13, 2011.
- HB 2645 is 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 This bill has been replaced by a “strike-everything” amendment.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. HB 2645 was sent to the Governor on April 20, 2011.
- SB 1201, the AzCDL-requested bill that says that if a state or local government office is going to ban firearms, then security measures must be in place to ensure that no one is capable of bringing in a firearm without detection, was sent to the Governor on April 15, 2011.
- SB 1334, a bill that would prohibit political subdivisions from enacting any ordinance or regulation limiting the area of a lawful hunting event during open season, was sent to the Governor on April 20, 2011.
- SB 1467, the AzCDL-requested Campus Carry bill, was vetoed by the Governor on April 18, 2011.
- 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, was sent to the Governor on April 19, 2011.
- SB 1610, a bill that would establish the Colt Single Action Army Revolver as the state firearm, was sent to the Governor on April 20, 2011.
As we mentioned earlier, with the adjournment of the Legislature, the Governor has until May 2, 2011 to make a decision on the bills listed above. If you would like to contact the Governor on any of these bills, you may do so at the Governor’s web page: www.governor.state.az.us/Contact.asp .
For SB 1201, your letter to the Governor is waiting for you at AzCDL’s Action Center:
SCR 1020, the AzCDL-requested proposed Constitutional Amendment that would protect crime victims from law suits by those who harm them, passed out of the Legislature on April 14, 2011 and was sent to the Secretary of State where it will be placed on the 2012 ballot.
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 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