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    2014 Legislative Session - What to Expect

    The 2014 Arizona legislative session officially begins on January 13. In the meantime, legislators have already begun “pre-filing” bills. The final deadline for filing new bills is February 10. By then over 1,000 proposed legislative changes will have been introduced.

    As bills are filed, we will sift through them for anything related to the right to keep and bear arms. We then review the bills, add a summary and comments and make them available to you on our Bill Tracking page where their status is automatically updated as they progress through the legislature.

    As we pointed out in our November newsletter (see page 2) several factors determine the fate of a bill once it is filed and there are several opportunities for YOU to influence the outcome.

    At critical junctures in a bill’s progress, we will ask you to contact committee members, legislators or the governor using our Legislative Action Center where we will have pre-written emails ready for you to send. All it takes is a few mouse clicks and about 30 seconds of your time to make a difference. The more emails that are sent, the greater the prospects are for good bills to succeed and bad bills to fail.

    This session we are also expecting an onslaught of bills to repeal every freedom we’ve regained. With their recent lack of success at the federal level, the anti-rights groups with their deep-pocketed sugar daddies have turned their attention to the states. With the firearms freedoms we enjoy, Arizona is the grand prize for these freedom haters. We will need your help in defeating them.

    Stay tuned!

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    I hope campus carry can get through this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Trickster View Post
    I hope campus carry can get through this time.
    Two Campus Carry bills have been filed so far. One for colleges/universities. One for K-12. You can view all the bills AzCDL is monitoring at our Bill Tracking page.

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    Legislation Session Underway

    The Arizona legislative session officially started on Monday, January 13. At the end of the first week of the session over 630 bills have been filed. Several hundred more are expected to be filed in the coming weeks.

    The status and summaries of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page. We recommend you bookmark the page and check it daily.

    So far the pro-rights firearms bills outnumber the bad bills. AzCDL-requested bills this year include improvements to laws banning firearms in public (state and local government) buildings, stand your ground, justifications for the use of deadly force, temporary custody of your firearm by law enforcement, definition of a firearm, lowering the CCW permit age for military service, and increasing the criminal penalties for disarming a law-abiding citizen.

    In addition to bills trying to roll-back many of the freedoms we’ve regained, the overall theme from the anti-rights folks is focused on expanding the list of those prohibited from possessing firearms, primarily through mental health and competency issues. It appears to be part of a nationwide push. Start with the permanent prohibition of firearms possession by the loosely defined mentally “ill” or “incompetent.” Expand to require universal background checks that include mental health evaluations. End with declaring that anyone who wants to possess a firearm must be mentally ill.

    In Arizona we found three bills tying mental health/competency to firearms ownership. One (HB 2356) would give law enforcement officers the authority to determine anyone’s mental health and request a court ordered evaluation. Adding to the usual suspects filing bills to strip you of your freedoms, Republican Representative Justin Pierce (LD 25) filed HB 2322 which would make anyone merely charged for certain offenses involving firearms and domestic violence prohibited possessors. “Innocent until proven guilty” would no longer apply to gun ownership.

    Two pro-rights Senate bills, SB 1063 and SB 1064, have already been passed out of committee. In order to survive the session, all bills must be favorably voted out of committee. Some will require your support via our Legislative Action Center. Stay tuned!

    Don’t forget! Every AzCDL member who sends the emails we generate from our Legislative Action Center will be entered into our raffles for Brownells gift certificates.
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    Number: AZ [R] HB 2186 - Updated (Status 01/24/2014)
    Sponsor: Seel
    Title: Community Colleges; Universities; Concealed Weapons
    Abstract: Amending Title 15, chapter 14, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding article 12; relating to community colleges and universities.
    Status: Prefile - 01/24/2014
    Position: Support
    Summary:
    Would allow college and university faculty members with CCW permits to possess a concealed firearm on campus.
    Like the idea, even if it won't apply to the three big AZ universities (private entities and subject to the whims, I mean "authority" of the AZ Board of Regents (ABOR).
    Some really scary "innocent"-looking bills being submitted by the antis as well...

    Number: AZ [R] HB 2322 - Updated (Status 01/24/2014)
    Sponsor: Pierce
    Title: National Instant Criminal Background Checks
    Abstract: Amending title 13, chapter 6, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 13609; amending sections 13925, 133101, 145303, 145304, 145307, 322612, 36509 and 36540, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to the national instant criminal background check system.
    Status: Prefile - 01/24/2014
    Position: Oppose
    Summary:
    Expands information provided to the feds for NICS checks. Includes court rulings on mental compentency and anyone charged, but not convicted, with any felony involving a firearm, or misdemeanor domestic violence. Also adds these groups to the list of probhibited possessors in Arizona.

    Comments:
    Mental Health evaluation is the lastest step towards the goal of background checks leading to the Universal Denial of firearms possession.
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    I carry to defend my loved ones; Desensitizing and educating are secondary & tertiary reasons. Anything else is unintended.

    “Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” - Frederic Bastiat

    "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." - Edmund Burke

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    And this is one I am really anxious to see signed into law:

    Number: AZ [R] SB 1063 - Updated (Status 01/17/2014)
    Sponsor: Murphy
    Title: Misconduct Involving Weapons; Firearm Storage
    Abstract: Amending section 133102, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to firearms.
    Status: JUD (5-2-1-0) DP - 01/16/2014
    Position: Support
    Summary:
    An AzCDL-requested bill. If a Public (state and local government) facility that bans firearms is not in compliance with ARS 13-3102.01 (storage requirements), a person entering with a firearm is not violating the law (ARS 13-3102.A.10).

    Comments:
    Unless a state or local government facility provides readily accessible storage for those entering with a firearm, the no firearms sign they post is unenforceable.
    Last edited by Rusty Young Man; 01-25-2014 at 03:13 PM. Reason: Removing all the asterisks that crop up out of nowhere
    I carry to defend my loved ones; Desensitizing and educating are secondary & tertiary reasons. Anything else is unintended.

    “Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” - Frederic Bastiat

    "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." - Edmund Burke

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    The anti's have raised their level of sophistication to the point where they are suckering in the Republicans to carry their water for them. It's been gathering steam for years, but with the 0bama administration's support and money from the Bloomberg types, the momentum is strong and, sadly, so-called Conservatives (from the Stupid Party) are lifting their skirts for them.

    It's a 3 prong approach. Broaden the list of prohibited possessors. Add (the myth of) mental illness as a reason to deny firearms ownership. Expand background checks. End with gun ownership being a sign of mental illness and Universal Denial being accomplished via Universal Background checks.

    If you are sitting on the sidelines and not getting involved, you are supporting the loss of your freedoms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azcdlfred View Post
    The anti's have raised their level of sophistication to the point where they are suckering in the Republicans to carry their water for them. It's been gathering steam for years, but with the 0bama administration's support and money from the Bloomberg types, the momentum is strong and, sadly, so-called Conservatives (from the Stupid Party) are lifting their skirts for them.

    It's a 3 prong approach. Broaden the list of prohibited possessors. Add (the myth of) mental illness as a reason to deny firearms ownership. Expand background checks. End with gun ownership being a sign of mental illness and Universal Denial being accomplished via Universal Background checks.

    If you are sitting on the sidelines and not getting involved, you are supporting the loss of your freedoms.

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    I've noticed that as well. I keep trying to motivate fellow college students to mobilize, so hopefully I can get a few more supporters to overcome the efforts of the anti-Freedom folks.

    Also, sending you a PM.
    I carry to defend my loved ones; Desensitizing and educating are secondary & tertiary reasons. Anything else is unintended.

    “Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” - Frederic Bastiat

    "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." - Edmund Burke

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