Fairfax, Va. – The Arizona Senate passed three important self-defense bills in a session that lasted into the early morning hours Wednesday. First, Senate Bill 1113 enables law-abiding right-to-carry permit holders to carry firearms for self-defense in restaurants. This NRA-backed bill passed by an overwhelming, bi-partisan majority of 19-8 and will now be sent to Governor Jan Brewer’s (R) desk for her consideration.
“By adopting this important, common-sense legislation, Arizonans now have the ability to defend themselves and their families from criminal attack in restaurants,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. “Headlines remind us that restaurants are not immune to violent crime and now Arizona will join 40 other states that allow their law-abiding right-to-carry permit holders the opportunity to protect their own lives and the lives of those they love in restaurants.”
SB 1113, introduced by State Senator Jack Harper (R-4), allows concealed carry permit holders to take concealed handguns into restaurants that serve alcohol, with a strict provision prohibiting the permit holders from consuming any alcohol while carrying.
The legislature passed two additional important pro-gun bills expanding law-abiding citizens’ self defense rights. Senator Russell Pearce (R-18) was the lead sponsor of these two measures:
SB 1168, which permits law-abiding individuals to store firearms in locked vehicles while parked on publicly accessible parking lots; and SB 1243, which clarifies the statutory definition of defensive display of a firearm.
“State Senators Jack Harper and Russell Pearce should be applauded for their efforts to pass these critical measures that allow honest, law-abiding Arizonans an opportunity to defend themselves” concluded Cox. “We are hopeful that Governor Brewer will sign these reasonable and sensible bills into law.”
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military.