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NRA-Backed Bills on the Move in Arizona

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 1201 and Senate Bill 1469, two important NRA-backed self-defense reform bills, are currently awaiting third and final reading in the House Committee of the Whole.  A third NRA-supported bill, House Bill 2645, is on its third and final reading in the state Senate.

Senate Bill 1201 would, among other things, remove arbitrary bans across the state on carrying a firearm for self-defense. This pro-gun bill is a comprehensive firearms reform measure which would make a number of improvements to Arizona’s carry laws.  Most importantly, it would help put an end to “gun free” signs limiting your Right-to-Carry in most currently prohibited places and unsecured buildings. 

Senate Bill 1469, would strengthen the current “Castle Doctrine” self-defense law by broadening the definition of reasonable use of force, including deadly force, to provide greater protection for those forced to defend themselves or family from an attacker.  This legislation is critical to those would-be victims thrust into a life or death situation and would further protect the victim from becoming prosecuted as a criminal.

Please contact your state Representative today and respectfully urge him or her to vote in favor of SB 1201 and SB 1469. To find your state Representative and their contact information, please click here.

In the state Senate, House Bill 2645 currently is awaiting on its third and final reading in the Senate before moving back to the House for consideration.  This bill is designed to meet the requirements of the federal NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 by enabling persons who have lost their firearm rights because of a mental health-related commitment or adjudication to petition a court to have them restored.  Before granting a petition, the court would have to find that the person is not likely to act in a manner that is dangerous to public safety and that granting the requested relief would not be contrary to the public interest.  This bill will ensure that people who can safely and responsibly possess firearms are not unnecessarily deprived of their rights.    

Please contact your state Senator today and respectfully urge him or her to vote for HB 2645.  To find your state Senator and their contact information, please click here.

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