On Tuesday, April 19, the Maricopa City Council passed Ordinance 16-03 with a 4-2 vote. This ordinance revises current Maricopa city codes and repeals existing restrictions which prohibit valid concealed carry weapons permit holders from carrying in public buildings or facilities in the City of Maricopa. If an individual can lawfully own and possess a firearm, they should not be prohibited from exercising their fundamental right to self-defense outside of their home or in public buildings.
This ordinance is similar to Senate Bill 1257, a bill which is currently pending in the Arizona Legislature. SB 1257 seeks to expand the list of places where law-abiding gun owners can carry to include some additional public areas where certain security measures are not in place.
Thank you to the Maricopa City Council for respecting the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Maricopa, and thank you to everyone who attended the council meeting in support of this ordinance.