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    http://www.azstarnet.com/metro/230902




    Tucson Region

    Entrant-gun law is restored

    By Howard Fischer
    Capitol Media Services
    Tucson, Arizona | Published: 03.22.2008



    PHOENIX — Gov. Janet Napolitano signed legislation Friday designed to restore a state law keeping illegal entrants and many foreign temporary visitors from having firearms.
    The measure revamps a four-year-old state law that was written to mirror existing federal statutes of who can and cannot possess a weapon.
    But the state Court of Appeals ruled last year that the federal statute specifically refers to weapons involved in interstate commerce. The judges said that means people could be convicted of violating the state gun law only if prosecutors could prove the weapon in question was "shipped or transported in interstate commerce."
    The new version fixes that by saying all foreigners in this state are forbidden to have firearms. It does contain exceptions for permanent legal residents and some visitors, including hunters and target shooters.



    I left a comment, it's the second one. Not very high road, but this kind of pisses me off. If my adopted sister came to visit (she's a Japanese citizen), sheapparently wouldn't be able to carry. (I doubt she'd want to, but she should have the option, damnit.)

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    Not well written from a first impression. It should limit ineligable aliens from posession, i.e. illegals, not ones that comply with our laws.



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    She could get a hunting license, then as a non-immigrant she would be covered. Then she could open carry with the hunting license.

    I don't like the law either, but it's very easy to comply with.

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    I don't think that a hunting licence would cover her for carrying a suitable self-defense weapon in the center of Tucson.

    The point is that good, honest, legal residents and visitors shouldn't have their rights infringed. Especially not their right to self- defense with the most efficient tools available.

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    PavePusher wrote:
    I don't think that a hunting licence would cover her for carrying a suitable self-defense weapon in the center of Tucson.

    The point is that good, honest, legal residents and visitors shouldn't have their rights infringed. Especially not their right to self- defense with the most efficient tools available.
    She would be covered, a holder of a hunting license is one way to be exempt from the law. The status of having a hunting license exempts you from the law. Kind of like how having a CCW in AZ enables one to carry in a posted public park; whether concealed or not.

    The good news is that these crazy citizen laws and all that are almost always shot down by the federal courts.

    When it comes to CCW permits.... NM, LA, NC, MA (for the most part), WA (for the most part), MT, OH, KS, NE have these stupid laws.



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