Senate Bill 1257, legislation that would expand the list of places where law-abiding gun owners can carry concealed in Arizona,has been added to the House Judiciary Committee agenda for tomorrow, March 15. The House Judiciary Committee will now consider SB 1257 in addition to Senate Bill 1266, the firearm preemption bill. Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and politely urge them to support both SB 1257 and SB 1266. Please use the Request to Speak application (RTS) on the Arizona State Legislature website to urge committee members to SUPPORT SB 1257 and SB 1266. RTS is the most efficient and effective way to contact committee members with your support of important pro-gun legislation. It is imperative that you create an account and continue utilizing this tool throughout the 2016 legislative session.
As previously reported, SB 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 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.
Once again, please use the Request to Speak application to contact the House Judiciary Committee members in support of both SB 1257 and SB 1266. Also, please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on these bills as Arizona Legislature’s 2016 session progresses.