Arizona: Firearms Preemption Bill Scheduled
After passing in the state House on March 6, by a 37 to 21 vote, House Bill 2729 has now been assigned to the state Senate Judiciary Committee. This important firearms preemption reform bill is currently scheduled to be considered at 2:00 p.m. this Monday, March 12.
HB 2729, sponsored by state Representative David Gowan (R-30), would amend various sections of the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S) to remove the current prohibition on entering a public establishment or attending any public event while carrying a weapon on one’s person, and instead provide for regulation of firearms and ammunition on public property only if specific criteria are met.
In removing this public establishment prohibition, HB 2729 would strengthen the recognition of our Second Amendment rights by requiring the state, a state agency or political subdivision of the state to meet specific criteria before being able to enact any ordinances or rules that may limit or prohibit the possession of firearms on public property. Under HB 2729 any new ordinance or rule must meet the following criteria:
· The public property is a secure facility;
· Access is controlled or restricted to the general public by the presence of either a state or federal certified law enforcement officer OR an armed security officer and metal detection, x-ray, screening, or other weapon detection equipment;
· There are signs prohibiting the possession of firearms clearly posted at all public entrances;
· Secure firearms lockers are provided within reasonable proximity to the main public entrance, are under control of the operator of the property, and allow for immediate retrieval of the firearm upon exiting.
HB 2729 would also make a number of other significant positive changes for gun owners, including a prohibition on the state or any agency from enacting firearms regulations that are more prohibitive than or that have a greater penalty than current state law, a clarification that a prevents a political subdivision from prohibiting the lawful transportation or storage of firearms and a provision to allow a person to institute legal action against the operator of public property if the requirements set forth are not complied with.
Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and your state Senator TODAY and urge their support of HB 2729. Contact information for your state Senator can be found by clicking here.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:
Senator Ron Gould (R-3), Chairman
Senator Andy Biggs (R-22), Vice-Chairman
Senator Adam Driggs (R-11)
Senator Steve Gallardo (D-13)
Senator David Lujan (D-15)
Senator Judy Burges (R-4)
Senator Rick Murphy (R-9)
Senator Steve Yarbrough (R-21)
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