A list of firearms related bills we are monitoring this session can be found on AzCDL’s Bill Tracking page. This coming Friday, March 26, is the deadline for Senate bills to be heard in House committees and House bills to be heard in Senate committees. The following is the status of pro-rights bills still moving through the Legislature.
HB 2111, which proposes that any act, law, treaty, rule or regulation of the U.S. Government that violates the Second Amendment would be unenforceable in Arizona, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 11. It will soon be scheduled for a Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing.
HB 2551 would exempt CCW permit holders from the prohibition on entering state and local government-controlled property while armed unless the property or event screens for weapons and is equipped with accessible storage for personal firearms. HB 2551 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 18. We are waiting for it to be scheduled for a Senate COW hearing.
HB 2810 is civil asset forfeiture reform legislation. It would require a criminal conviction in order for the government to confiscate someone’s property. HB 2810 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 11.
HB 2827, which would prohibit business or financial discrimination against a “firearm entity” that supports or is engaged in the lawful commerce of firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition products, has not had a House COW hearing and is effectively dead for the session.
HB 2840, which would remove the requirement that a firearm must be unloaded when secured in a vehicle on school grounds, also passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 18. We are waiting for it to be scheduled for a Senate COW hearing.
SB 1328 passed out of the Senate and was sent to the House on March 4. It needs to heard in the House Judiciary Committee this coming week to survive. SB 1328 proposes that any act, law, treaty, rule or regulation of the U.S. Government that violates the Second Amendment, or Article 2, Section 26 of the Arizona Constitution, would be unenforceable in Arizona. Article 2, Section 26 of the Arizona Constitution states that “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the state shall not be impaired…”
SB 1360, which would reduce hunting and fishing license fees for military veterans and allow the transfer of veteran permits or tags to someone taking wildlife on behalf of a veteran, has been pulled from the Senate COW calendar rendering it effectively dead for the session.
SB 1382, which would classify ammunition and firearms related businesses as “essential” during a state of emergency is scheduled for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, March 24.