Stealth sabotage of AZ pro-rights bills?

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 2288 and HB 2554 – AzCDL requested bills that would require public buildings, which ban firearms, to provide armed security and metal detectors to ensure the safety of those entering.

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.


11 Responses to Stealth sabotage of AZ pro-rights bills?

  1. Army Of One says:

    Thanks for this information. Republicans are not the only ones impacted by schemes to hold these bills. My father-in-law is a democrat and also a Second Amendment supporter. ALL citizens who support the Second Amendment need to get onboard this effort. If we don’t push back, the restrictivists will only exert more pressure to strip our constitutional rights. What a shame when these actions come from those who ran as Republicans.

  2. Kent says:

    I know what I intend to do Monday. I’ll be using my lunch hour to make calls. Join me. For the sake of our future freedoms.

  3. eubykdisop says:

    Clicking on the link in the above article, “high priority bills”, reveals some proposed legislation which isn’t addressed in the “prepared letter” but which is, nevertheless, dynamite! For example:

    “AZ HB 2379”

    “Would add to the definition of prohibited firearms possessors in ARS 13-3101, any person subject to restraining order.”

    One sponsor. Chad Campbell, Minority Leader, Democrat, District 24. Referred to three committees.

    Maybe that isn’t addressed because the dirth of sponsors and it’s referral to multiple committees means there isn’t any chance of it’s being passed. Still nice to know who is proposing what with regard to gun legislation!

    Obviously, if HB 2379 were to pass, all that would be required to strip a person of their guns would be to get a Liberal judge to issue a restraining order!

    Wonder if Campbell will be invited to the White House for lunch?

  4. CD9 says:

    Andy Tobin will be termed out this time, thank God. I realize he can do a lot of damage in the next two years, again he is trying to hold up bills by using committee assignments who will do his bidding. Try running for any office Andy, the conservatives will stop you.

    • Yavapai PC says:

      I’d work to defeat Tobin and Steve Pierce regardless of what they run for. It was grand to see Mal Barrett booted out as Yavapai County Republican Chairman. They are all cut from the same RINO cloth and don’t represent the views of the majority of us who are Constitutional Conservatives. Adding to the insult is the fact that Tobin is in the pocket of the unions.

  5. Westnash says:

    I am against any bill with the stupid discounts for whites, blacks, indians, asians, hispanics, vetrans, soldiers, sailors, or anything else. At one time soldiers were drafted and underpaid. That time is over. There is no need for discounts to vetrans. Reduce the fees for all.

    Many of these bills are plain stupid and would just result in more spending and increase the size of government. It says much about the people in the state legislature…most of who are looking for higher salaries and increased per diem. Make these people part time….and have a governor who is in charge and understands the need for smaller government.

    • William says:

      Since you can’t spell Veteran, you obviously aren’t one.

      These brave men and women put their lives on the line for us.

      The least we can do is to give them a small discount on a license.

      • eubykdisop says:

        You need to know where Westnash stands on guns, the military and Communists, William.

        “Westnash says:
        January 8, 2013 at 8:00 am”

        “There will be some changes in gun regulations at some point in 2013 and the Republicans who only tow the NRA line of “no” will lose. Wouldn’t you rather outsmart your opponent than trying unsuccessfully in throwing up a wall, that is crumbling down around you.”

        “Westnash says:
        February 14, 2013 at 10:17 am”

        “I would propose an immediate 10% cut in all military expenditures including salaries. All of us can get by on 9 out of 10…..the govt. can as well…it is nothing but would make a huge dent in the problem.”

        “Westnash says:
        January 15, 2013 at 11:47 am”

        “Euby, this may come as a great shock to you but someone being a communist or socialist is not against the law.”

        Actually, William, under the Communist Control Act of 1954, it is against the law to be a Communist.