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Important Self-Defense Bills Awaiting Hearings in Arizona!

Friday, March 28, 2008

House Bill 2629, introduced by State Representative Russell Pearce (R-18), which passed Third Reading in the House last week has not received a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but we expect that it will be heard soon.   This NRA-supported measure clarifies how and when a firearm may be displayed for defensive purposes. 

House Bill 2630, also introduced by State Representative Russell Pearce (R-18), would reduce the penalty for carrying a concealed “weapon” without a permit to a petty offense.  HB2630 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 24 with a vote of 4 to 3.  It is now headed to the Senate Rules Committee, but it has not been assigned a hearing date. 

Also awaiting a full vote in the Senate is Senate Bill 1214, introduced by State Senator Karen Johnson (R-18).  SB1214 would allow citizens with concealed weapons permits to carry concealed firearms for self-defense on Arizona’s university and community college campuses; SB1214 is still being amended by its author. 

Please contact your State Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support all of these measures when they come up for a vote.  To find contact information for your legislators, please click here.

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