As previously reported, four pro-gun bills were scheduled for committee hearings and votes last week. Today, February 15, Senate Bill 1266 is scheduled for its third read and final vote by the Senate. Please Contact your state Senator and politely urge them to support SB 1266.
SB 1266, sponsored by state Senator Steve Smith (R-11), would improve the state firearms preemption law to ensure consistency throughout the Grand Canyon State. This would be done by providing a mechanism to declare unlawful regulations null and void in addition to providing penalties for knowing and willful violations by localities. SB 1266 is a much-needed protection that will help law-abiding gun owners ensure they are in compliance with the law.
Additionally, three other pro-gun bills were passed out of Committee last week.
Senate Bill 1257, sponsored by state Senator John Kavanagh (R-23), makes changes to existing law and expands the list of places where law-abiding gun owners can exercise their fundamental right to self-defense to include some additional public areas where certain security measures are not in place. SB 1257 was passed out of the Senate Government Committee on February 3 and then the Rules Committee on February 8 and is scheduled to be considered by the Senate Committee of the Whole today, February 15.
House Bill 2446, sponsored by state Representative David Livingston (R-22), makes necessary revisions to Arizona’s current definition of a “prohibited weapon” to exclude all firearms or devices that are legally possessed in compliance with the National Firearms Act (NFA). The technical correction made by HB 2446 changes the registration of NFA items from the Treasury Department to the appropriate Federal Agency in order to be compliant with current federal law. An amended version of HB 2446 passed the House Judiciary Committee on February 10 and will now head to the House Rules Committee for further consideration.
House Bill 2494, sponsored by state Representative Steve Montenegro (R-13), would offer a tax credit for the costs incurred during the taxable year for training courses taken by the taxpayer, a spouse or a dependent, in order to apply and qualify for a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Arizona. HB 2494 was passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee on February 8 and will now go to the House Rules Committee for further consideration.
It is important that you contact your state legislators in support of these bills. Please continue checking www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on these bills as they progress through the Arizona Legislature.