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Arizona: NRA-Backed Campus Personal Protection Bill Introduced and Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Please Call Committee Members and Urge Their Support!

On Monday, state Senator Ron Gould (R-3) introduced reasonable right-to-carry reform legislation in the Arizona Senate which would enable law-abiding citizens to defend themselves while on the grounds of higher education campuses. 

Senate Bill 1474 would prohibit a public university, college, or community college from adopting or enforcing any policy prohibiting the lawful carry of a concealed weapon by a valid concealed permit holder, or regulating the lawful transportation or storage of a firearm on the grounds of the institution.  This self-defense reform would simply enable those legally allowed by state and federal law to carry for self-defense to do so on a college or university campus.  Your NRA fully supports this bill as introduced, and commends the effort by the Arizona legislature to do away with an invisible and arbitrary boundary relating to where a person can lawfully carry a firearm for self-defense.  This bill has been sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee and is scheduled to be considered on February 6.

SB 1474 recognizes a robust right-to-carry, while adequately addressing concerns over clarity and scope that were raised on this issue last year.  While this bill would restrict the ability of certain higher education institutions to ban concealed carry on the grounds of these institutions, it would enable a public university, college, or community college to adopt and enforce a prohibition or restriction on the carry or transport of a weapon within any building.  However, institutions may restrict carry only if proper notice is given and secure storage for the weapon is provided at the entrance to these buildings.

Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee TODAY and urge their support of SB 1474!

Senate Judiciary Committee:

Ron Gould (R-3), Chairman
(602) 926-4138
rgould@azleg.gov

Andy Biggs (R-22), Vice-Chairman
(602) 926-4371
abiggs@azleg.gov 

Judy Burges (R-4)
(602) 926-5861
jburges@azleg.gov 

Adam Driggs (R-11)
(602) 926-3016
adriggs@azleg.gov

Steve Gallardo (D-13)
(602) 926-5830
sgallardo@azleg.gov 

David Lujan (D-15)
(602) 926-5058
dlujan@azleg.gov 

Rick Murphy (R-9)
(602) 926-4444
rmurphy@azleg.gov 

Steve Yarbrough (R-21)
(602) 926-5863
syarbrough@azleg.gov

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