Friday, March 13, 2009

AZCDL Legislative Update

From the Arizona Citizens Defense League:

Legislation is still crawling through the House and stalled in the Senate.

Last week, the House Leadership directed House committees not to hear any further House bills, with limited exceptions, for the remainder of this session. One of the many casualties of this decision was HB 2607 (Campus Carry).

Another casualty of House procedures is HB 2235, which set stricter requirements for Game and Fish Commission appointments. HB 2235 was scheduled to be heard in the House Military Affairs and Public Safety (MAPS) Committee on Wednesday, March 11th, but was pulled from the agenda, effectively killing it for this session.

However, the following pro-rights bills have been heard in House committees, and are still viable.

HB 2439, the AzCDL-requested CCW training reform bill, passed out of the House MAPS committee on March 4th. HB 2439 provides for an alternative 4 hour CCW course dealing in legal issues, mental conditioning, and judgmental shooting decisions, for qualified individuals who can show proof of prior firearms training.

HB 2474 passed out of the House Judiciary committee on March 5th. HB 2474 prevents any private or public employer, property owner, etc. from banning any person from keeping a firearm in a locked vehicle in a parking area on the property, with specific, limited exceptions.

HB 2177, a "strike-all" bill that now contains pro-rights language, passed out of the Natural Resources and Rural Affairs (NRRA) committee on February 16th. HB 2177 allows a person with a valid concealed weapons permit to possess, transport or carry a weapon within a game refuge.

From here, HB 2439, HB 2474 and HB 2177 need to be reviewed by the House Rules committee, and must then be debated by the full House in the "Committee of the Whole" (COW), where more amendments may be offered. We will notify you when these bills proceed to the House COW.

The Senate has still not assigned any non-budget bills to committees, and the March 13th deadline for doing so has passed. Senate Leadership has stated that the Senate may extend their deadline, but this has yet to happen. AzCDL-requested bills that were filed in the Senate and are awaiting committee assignments and hearings include SB 1270 (Constitutional Carry) and SB 1243 (Defensive Display). If the Senate does extend their deadline to hear bills in Senate committees, they must be passed out of their respective committees by April 10th in order to be heard in the House. This doesn't mean it's time to quit. AzCDL is closely monitoring the situation in the Senate, and we're ready to exploit any opportunity that may arise.

Stay tuned! When critical legislation moves, we will notify you via these Alerts.

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Anonymous said...

Which one is the one that would allow concealed carry without a permit? 1270? Not going anywhere will it?

Dustin said...

Yes SB 1270 is the constitutional carry bill. I wouldn't say it isn't going anywhere because I do have commitments from a couple of Senators that the plan is to extend the deadline. However, the May 10 deadline mentioned is fast approaching.

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