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Arizona: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die with Victories for Second Amendment Supporters

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Arizona: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die with Victories for Second Amendment Supporters

Early this morning,  the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die with four pro-gun bills, Senate Bill 1266House Bill 2338House Bill 2446 and House Bill 2524 headed to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk for his consideration.  Thank you to everyone who reached out to their state legislators in support of these bills.  Your NRA-ILA would especially like to thank the legislators who supported these bills and worked tirelessly to ensure these critical measures passed.

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.  SB 1266 passed its final vote in the House of Representative with a 31-23 vote.  

HB 2338 would prevent educational institutions from adopting policies that would prohibit individuals from lawfully possessing or carrying a firearm in their vehicle (means of transportation) on a public right-of-way.  HB 2338 passed its final vote in the Senate with a 19-10 vote. 

HB 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.  HB passed its final vote in the Senate with an 18-10 vote. 

HB 2524 would create a “Uniform Firearm Transfer Compact.”  Under the compact, every state that agrees to the terms would maintain reliably uniform firearm transfer laws to ensure consistency in public policy.  This compact would promote a better public understanding of the law, especially for individuals who travel and establish residences among member states.  HB 2524 passed its final vote in the Senate with an 18-11 vote.

Please contact Governor Ducey and voice your support for these important pro-gun bills!

Your NRA-ILA will continue to update you on the status of these important measures.

BY NRA-ILA Staff

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