Information on these bills and other legislation that AzCDL is tracking can be found at: http://www.azcdl.org/html/legislation.html .

A number of pro-rights bills have made it half way through the legislature, passed over to the other chamber, and are assigned to new committees.

HB 2389, an AzCDL requested bill decriminalizing carrying weapons in vehicles without a CCW permit, was transmitted to the Senate on March 11, 2008 and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, but has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

HB 2629, an AzCDL requested bill that clarifies when a defensive display of a firearm is justified, was transmitted to the Senate on March 20, 2008 and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, but has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

HB 2630, an AzCDL requested bill, was transmitted to the Senate on March 4, 2008. It was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the March 24, 2008 and passed by a partisan 4-3 vote. If you are not committing, or attempting to commit, a serious or violent crime, HB 2630 reclassifies carrying a concealed weapon without a permit as a petty offense.

HB 2634, an AzCDL requested bill that clarifies that a person with an expunged or set-aside felony conviction, or one who has had their rights restored, may obtain a concealed weapons permit, was transmitted to the Senate on March 20, 2008 and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, but has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

SB 1070, an AzCDL requested bill, was transmitted to the House on March 20, 2008. It has been assigned to both the House Natural Resources and Public Safety Committee and House Judiciary Committee. It is on the House Natural Resources and Public Safety Committee agenda for Wednesday, March 26, 2008. SB 1070 proposes changes to ARS 13-3112 regarding the process for obtaining a concealed weapons (CCW) permit. The proposed legislation makes it easier for lawful gun owners who have satisfactorily completed training to obtain a permit, or renew an expired one. It also assists those wishing to obtain a permit by removing the statutory barrier requiring instructors to create a training organization, and expands the pool of available instructors to automatically include certain NRA certified instructors passing the required background investigation.

SB 1106, Senator Chuck Gray's bill that provides for an optional lifetime CCW permit, was transmitted to the House on March 12, 2008 and assigned to both the House Homeland Security and Property Rights Committee and House Judiciary Committee. It has scheduled for a hearing in House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 27, 2008. Contact the committee members and urge them to vote SB 1106 out of committee with a recommendation for passage by the full House:
Committee Information

SB 1214, an AzCDL requested bill that would allow adults with Concealed Weapons (CCW) permits to carry concealed firearms on public college and university property, won't be scheduled for debate in the Senate COW until the sponsor, Senator Karen Johnson, knows that the votes are in place. At this point, the votes aren't there. As we mentioned in a prior Alert, some Republican Senators appear to have aligned themselves with the Democrats in the Senate, who are more concerned about the media and certain special interest groups than they are about the safety of students.

If you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to contact the Senators listed below, along with your own Senator, and let them know you expect them to vote for SB 1214 in the Senate COW and during Third Read. The Senate mailing address is 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007. You can find your Senator here: How To Find Members.

Senator Carolyn Allen
callen@azleg.gov
Room 303
602-926-4480 (phone)
602-417-3155 (Fax)

Senator John Huppenthal (Majority Whip)
jhuppenthal@azleg.gov
Room 212
602-926-5261 (phone)
602-417-3157 (Fax)

Senator Tom O'Halleran
tohalleran@azleg.gov
Room 303A
602-926-5584 (phone)
602-417-3101 (Fax)

Stay tuned! As relevant legislation progresses, we will keep you up to date via these Alerts: AZCDL_Alerts : AZCDL Alerts Group .

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