Please take a few minutes to read this important Legislative Center Action letter from the Arizona Citizens Defense League. The AzCDL is Arizona’s preeminent civil liberties organization, working to get pro-rights bills introduced in every legislative session since its formation in 2005.
The establishment Republicans now in charge are assigning bills of importance to committees where they are assured of dying before any meaningful action can be taken, impeding the progress of pro-rights firearm bills while hoping we wouldn’t notice. There are subtle ways that legislative leadership can claim support for a bill while quietly using their authority to squelch its progress, such as assigning bills to multiple committees and for committee chairs to let the clock run out by not scheduling bills for hearings.
Check out the status of high priority bills in the Arizona Legislature currently being tracked.
In sending this prepared letter, addressed to all the House leaders YOU can make a difference
It is crucial that House leadership hear from freedom loving Americans. Please request that they use their authority to ensure these bills get a proper hearing in their assigned committees and progress to a vote by the full House.
While firearms related bills are normally assigned only to the House Judiciary Committee, this year a number of bills are also, or alternatively, being assigned to the House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs (PSMRA) Committee, where committee chair, Rep. Justin Pierce, has yet to schedule them for hearings. The deadline for his committee to hear bills is February 22nd.
Since it is unusual for firearms bills to be assigned to the PSMRA Committee, is it possible that the House Leadership assigned these bills to Rep. Pierce’s committee to stall their progress?
Representatives controlling the fate of legislation in the AZ House are: (Click names for contact information)
Andy Tobin, Speaker of the House.
Javan “J.D.” Mesnard, Speaker Pro Tempore.
David Gowan, Majority Leader.
Rick Gray, Majority Whip.
The bills that need to be heard are:
HB 2234 – An AzCDL-requested bill that would standardize the definition of firearms in ARS 13-105 and remove duplicate and/or conflicting definitions in other statutes.
HB 2432 – Would create a Citizens Marksmanship fund to provide firearms for the training of citizens who are eligible for service in the Arizona Guard.
HB 2433 – Would eliminate the age cap (currently 45 years old) on who is a member of the state militia (i.e., all able-bodied citizens capable of bearing arms).
HB 2455 – An AzCDL requested bill that would clarify that even firearms that are voluntarily surrendered to a state or local entity (i.e., via a “buy back” program) cannot be destroyed and must be sold.
HB 2468 – Would allow for reduced hunting license fee for members of the military and veterans.
Let your voice be heard. It matters.