The first was HB 2543, Firearms Preemption. HB 2543 strengthens state firearms preemption laws, adds firearms storage and accessories to the list of things political subdivisions cannot regulate, and removes the prohibition on carrying a firearm in public parks without a concealed weapons (CCW) permit. The text of HB 2543 can be found here: http://www.azleg. gov/legtext/ 49leg/2r/ bills/hb2543h. pdf .
The second was HB 2307, the Firearms Freedom Act. HB 2307 exempts from federal law or regulation firearms manufactured and sold in Arizona as long as they remain in Arizona . This bill sets the stage for some interesting court action. HB 2307 is the latest in a multi-state challenge to federal authority to regulate firearms. Arizona just became the sixth state to pass a Firearms Freedom Act. About 20 other states have introduced similar legislation.
Bills signed by the Governor become effective 90 days after "Sine Die," when the Legislature officially adjourns. In past years, the effective date of new laws has been in September.
We have more good news! On April 5th the Senate Judiciary passed HB 2629 out of committee with a "strike everything" amendment that prohibits a political subdivision from maintaining records related to the transfer or storage of firearms. This amendment arose from reports of Mohave County being overly exuberant in recording information on people who are required to store their firearms in public buildings.
We are still waiting for the House to schedule a final vote on SB 1108, the Senate version of the AzCDL-requested Constitutional Carry legislation. If you have not sent your letter to your Representatives, there is still time. Your letter is waiting for you at AzCDL's Action Center :
http://capwiz. com/azcdl/ issues/alert/ ?alertid= 14824091 .
In other news, HCR 2008 passed out of the Senate Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Public Debt (NRIPD) Committee on April 5th by a 5-1 vote with one member not voting. HCR 2008, if passed and approved by the voters, would add hunting and fishing as rights guaranteed under the Arizona Constitution.
Today (April 5th), the NRA sent out a call for help on HB 2526, which exempts trap and skeet shooting clubs, meeting certain requirements, from property taxation. The Tucson Trap and Skeet Club, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is under consideration to host the 2012 Shotgun World Cup and to become the winter training center for the U.S. Olympic shotgun team. In order to accomplish this, the club must make some significant improvements to the range and purchase the adjoining property. Once these improvements are made the club will have an increased tax burden that will likely triple the current property taxes they pay. HB 2526 will exempt the club from having to pay the higher tax burden.
HB 2526 managed to get as far as the House Third Read before being defeated. However, HB 2526 is eligible for a reconsideration vote. Please contact your Representatives and urge them to support the passage of HB 2526. You can find your Representatives using AzCDL's Action Center : http://capwiz. com/azcdl/ home/ .