The 2016 Legislative session is officially over. The status and summary of bills that AzCDL monitored this session can be found on our Bill Tracking page.
The Good News
In addition to stopping almost a dozen bad firearms related bills from progressing through the Legislature, AzCDL was instrumental in getting the following bills through both chambers of the Legislature and to the Governor’s desk where they were signed into law.
HB 2224, the AzCDL-requested bill that prohibits state or local governments from requiring any fee, tax, etc. on the private transfer of firearms.
HB 2338, the AzCDL-requested bill that prohibits the governing boards of educational institutions from banning firearms on public rights of way, such as city streets and sidewalks that happen to pass through campuses.
SB 1266 puts teeth into the preemption statutes by allowing for civil actions when state agencies, counties, cities, etc. disregard the law.
SB 1487 requires the Arizona Attorney General to investigate local ordinances that violate Arizona’s Constitution or state law.
The Bad News
For several years we have been pushing legislation to end Arizona’s official policy of allowing armed criminals to enter government buildings through the use of impotent “no weapons” signs as their only means of security. As long as the bad guys can come and go at will in public facilities, we believe all law-abiding citizens should be able to protect themselves. This year’s bill was SB 1257 which said in essence that if state and local governments’ only means of security was a cardboard sign, then CCW permit holders should not be disarmed when entering. At the request of the Governor’s staff, SB 1257 was amended in the House. However seeing that the bill only needed one more floor vote to pass out of the Legislature, his staff then lobbied the Senate to kill the bill. We learned our lesson – cooperating with this Governor is not necessarily a good thing.
We were able to get this year’s version of our interstate firearms compact bill, HB 2524, through both chambers of the Legislature but it was vetoed by Governor Ducey. You may recall that last year, after Bloomberg’s lobbyists appeared at the Capitol, the compact bill was buried in the Senate Rules Committee while the clock ran out on the session.
HB 2524 would have established an interstate compact between Arizona and other states that prevented the member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements more restrictive than existing federal law. Enactment of HB 2524 would have neutralized Bloomberg’s ballot measure to criminalize private firearms transfers, which he has promised to file in Arizona.
In 2014, after passing a “universal background check” ballot measure in Washington, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety organization bragged that Nevada, Maine and Arizona were next. In Nevada and Maine the groundwork is completed. They will have “universal background check” measures on their November ballots. Bloomberg has less than 2 months to accomplish the same thing here in Arizona. We must operate on the assumption that it will happen and be prepared to not just fight it, but to stop it from becoming the law in Arizona.
With the veto of HB 2524, legislative remedies are no longer available. We can only stop him at the ballot box. If Bloomberg’s ballot measure passes, Arizona’s Constitution prevents it from being overturned by a subsequent Legislature.
From what we’ve seen happen in Washington, Nevada and Maine, we cannot count on outside help. The reality is that we must fight this battle ourselves. AzCDL is self-funded and operates from the generosity of our members. To maintain our independence we are unaffiliated. We don’t receive corporate grants or have a rich sugar daddy hiding in the shadows. Your donations determine if we succeed or fail. In order to win this, we are going to need your support to help us spread the word. When the next fund raising letter hits your inbox, please remember that we can only defeat Bloomberg with your help.
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