Monday, February 25, 2008

Arizona SB 1214 passes out of committee

Arizona SB 1214 passed out of committee today by a 4 to 3 vote with recommendation to pass in an amended form. They had to remove K-12 portion leaving only College & University access for CCW permit holders in order to pass out of committee. I'm disappointed that K-12 was removed as I don't see any reason to leave those teachers, administrators, & parents out in the cold when it comes to their right to have a good option of self defense available to them (not to mention our children that could benefit from protection as a nice side effect), but at least this is a good first step for Arizona in the effort to get rid of "gun free zones"

This correction of the existing infringement on the right to bear arms for self defense could not come too soon, since yet another ASU student was raped just this week, making women students ill at ease.

This is the notice I received today from the office of Senator Karen S Johnson:

SB1214 just passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee! The vote was 4 to 3 along strictly party lines (Republicans for and Democrats against). The bill had to be amended in order to get it passed. The amendment provides that CCW permit holders will be able to carry on college campuses, but not on K-12 school grounds. The next step is Caucus then Committee of the Whole, where they debate the bill on the Floor of the Senate and then Third Read, which is the final vote in the Senate. Congratulations to all of you for your great lobbying efforts! This is only the first step, but its an important one. Well be in touch with notices and alerts, as will Dave Kopp and John Wentling. Caucus is not viewable on the internet, but Ill let everyone know when that is scheduled.

Karen Winfield

Assistant to

Senator Karen S. Johnson

602-926-3160

Arizona Senate

1700 W. Washington St.

Phoenix, Arizona 85007

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