Thursday, May 15, 2008

AZ: AZCDL Legislation Update

AZCDL Legislation Update:

The pressure you put on the Rules committees last week had an impact! The log jam has broken, and AzCDL requested and supported pro-rights bills are finally moving towards floor votes in the House and Senate.

HB 2389, an AzCDL requested bill that clarifies that it is permissible to carry a weapon, without a CCW permit, visibly or concealed, anywhere within a means of transportation, excluding public transit, passed out of the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) on Tuesday, May 13, 2008. However, amendments were added during the COW debate, by Senators Cheverount, O'Halleran and Waring, which did not alter the existing language of HB 2389, but advanced their issues. You can read each amendment here:
Cheverount -
O'Halleran -
Waring -

Update: -[SNIP] (a portion of the alert has been removed due to new information that has come out)

Meanwhile HB 2634, the original AzCDL requested bill that clarifies that a person with an expunged or set-aside felony conviction, or one who has had their rights restored, may obtain a concealed weapons permit, finally passed out of the Senate Rules Committee on May 12, 2008. Next stop is Senate COW, assuming that Senate leadership is still willing to hear the bill on the floor. Its fate could be dependent on removing the same language from the amended HB 2389.

We do have some good news! SB 1070, an AzCDL requested bill that makes it easier for lawful gun owners who have satisfactorily completed training to obtain a permit, or renew an expired one, and SB 1106, Senator Chuck Gray's bill that provides for an optional lifetime CCW permit, both passed out of the House Rules Committee on May 13, 2008. From here they move on to the House COW.

Stay tuned! Information on these and other bills can be found at the AzCDL website:

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