Arizona Senate to Consider Multiple Pro-Gun Bills as Early as This Week

April 9 2014
by GSL Staff
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Arizona FlagThe following story is from the NRA-ILA,

Having passed in the Arizona Senate Rules Committee, several pro-gun bills now go to the Senate floor where they could be considered as early as this week.

House Bill 2517, introduced by state Representative Steve Smith (R-11), would strengthen Arizona’s firearms preemption law.  Currently, the firearms preemption statute reserves the authority to regulate firearms for the state legislature.  This bill would fortify consistency in firearm and ammunition laws through a provision that would impose penalties for willful or knowing violations of this statute by localities.  HB 2517 passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 5 to 3 vote.

House Bill 2535, introduced by state Representative John Kavanagh (R-23), would require that a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) sign an application for the transfer of a firearm or firearm sound suppressor, regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA), within sixty days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or firearm suppressor.  This legislation would ensure deadlines are met and that individuals who are lawfully seeking to transfer a firearm or firearm suppressor are able to do so in an expeditious manner.  Additionally, HB 2535 would provide an individual who has been denied certification by a CLEO with a written explanation for the denial.  HB 2535 passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 5 to 2 vote.

House Bill 2483, also introduced by Representative Kavanagh, would protect the lawful discharge of a firearm on private lands from being unnecessarily restricted.  HB 2483 passed in the Senate Public Safety Committee by a 3 to 2 vote.

House Bill 2339, introduced by state Representative Brenda Barton (R-6), would allow persons with a valid concealed weapon permit to carry in public buildings/events unless the building or event has electronic screening by security personnel at each entrance.  This legislation does not impact private property owners and businesses, educational institutions, community colleges or universities under the jurisdiction of the regents.  HB 2339 passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 5 to 3 vote.

House Bill 2322, introduced by state Representative Justin Pierce (R-25), focuses on ensuring that mental health records of persons prohibited from owning a firearm are reported to the state Department of Public Safety for the purpose of a National Instant Criminal Background Check.  HB 2322 passed in the Senate Public Safety Committee by a 4 to 1 vote.

Please contact your state Senator and respectfully urge him or her to SUPPORT HB 2322, HB 2517, HB 2535, HB 2483, HB 2339 and HB 2322.  Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.

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