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ARIZONA CITIZENS DEFENSE LEAGUE

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Chronological list of AzCDL’s Legislative Accomplishments

The following is an incomplete list of legislation that AzCDL was instrumental in stopping
(We stopped bad legislation prior to 2008 but did not start recording it until 2008)


2008

HB 2380 - Add “airport designated secure area” to ARS 13-3102, misconduct involving weapons.

HB 2358 -  Increase the penalty for possession of a firearm on school grounds to a class 5 felony.

HB 2429 -
Establish a new 75 foot perimeter around polling places where weapons are prohibited.

HB 2430 & HB 2431 - These companion bills would have made you a criminal and lifetime prohibited possessor, along with being subject to personal liability, if a minor gained access to one of your firearms and caused injury or death.  Bills identical to HB 2430 and 2431 have been introduced in every recent session.

HB 2833 - A back-door attempt to ban ammunition sales in Arizona.  HB 2833 targeted as yet undefined "assault weapon" ammunition, which is Orwellian double-speak for almost every caliber of ammunition now popular. If passed, it would have effectively halted all ammunition sales in Arizona.  HB 2833 required all ammunition manufacturers to encode a unique serial number on the base of every bullet and on the inside of every cartridge. The bullet serial number and cartridge casing serial number would have to be identical.Ammunition sales would require recordation (i.e., registration) of the purchaser's name, driver's license, date of birth, etc. DPS would be required to maintain a database of ammunition coding and buyers.  Anyone possessing ammunition without serial numbers would be required to dispose of it.  A 1/2 cent would have been added to every round of ammunition sold. Manufactures and vendors would be steeply fined for not complying.


2009

HB 2386 - Add colleges and universities to the statutory definition of “school,” and create a new class 6 felony for carrying a deadly weapon there.

HB 2484 - Create a new, broad and overreaching state level, “straw purchase” crime that went much further than the federal statute.

SB 1004 - Create a felony offense for having a compartment in a motor vehicle that “is intended and designed to be used to conceal, hide or prevent discovery by law enforcement officer.”  Any hidden compartment in a vehicle, like the one you might use to keep your gun from being stolen, could be construed in such a fashion.  Nearly every vehicle on the road today has at least one such compartment.  The language was far too broad and open to interpretation.


2010

HB 2271 - Add colleges and universities to the statutory definition of “school,” and created a new class 6 felony for carrying a deadly weapon there.

HB 2201 - Create a new, broad and overreaching state level, “straw purchase” crime that went much further than the federal statute.


2011

HB 2691 - Any person who sells three or more “high caliber” (broadly defined) firearms must report the sale to DPS.

HB 2711 - Ban magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds. 

SB 1060 - Fraudulent (broadly defined) firearms sales become a crime of “racketeering.”  Would have effectively eliminated private sales.

SB 1586 - Require background checks on all firearm sales (retail and private) at any “firearm show,” broadly defined to include almost any gathering where firearms might be sold.

SB 1587 - Add colleges and universities to the definition of “schools” in the weapons misconduct statutes, expanding the places where weapons are prohibited.

SB 1588 - Illegal to enter “any state building, including the House of Representatives wing and the Senate wing of the State Capitol, carrying a deadly weapon.” 


2012

SB 1130 - Add colleges and universities to the definition of “schools” in the weapons misconduct statutes, expanding the places where weapons are prohibited.

SB 1174 - Require background checks on all firearm sales (retail and private) at any “firearm show,” broadly defined to include almost any gathering where firearms might be sold.

SB 1175 - Illegal to enter “any state building, including the House of Representatives wing and the Senate wing of the State Capitol, carrying a deadly weapon.” 


2013

HB 2376 - Law enforcement officers authorized to make a determination of a person’s mental health, request a court ordered evaluation, seize firearms and create another Prohibited Possessor.

HB 2378 & SB 1479
- Eliminate state preemption over the disposition of surrendered or confiscated firearms.


HB 2379
- Anyone subject to a restraining order, regardless of the reason or legitimacy, is a prohibited possessor.

HB 2380 & SB 1476 - Eliminate Constitutional Carry and reestablish 1994 CCW requirements.

HB 2381 - Prohibit the sale or transfer of semi-automatic pistols or rifles with certain features (arbitrarily defined as "assault weapons") that did not involve a licensed firearms dealer.  Also adds a civil fine of up to $10,000, heaps on extra requirements to make gun show sales more difficult, and adds a Class 1 Misdemeanor for private sales at gun shows that don't go through a dealer.

HB 2558 - Weaken state preemption and allow local governments to prohibit the possession or use of firearms on “their” property.

HB 2609 & SB 1475 - Ban the manufacture, sale, purchase or possession of “armor piercing” ammunition.

HB 2631
- Discharging a firearm with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 would become a class 6 felony.  Thwart a home invasion while sitting at home having a beer and become a felon.

HB 2664 & SB 1472
  - Guns must be kept unloaded and locked away.

SB 1049 - Expand the definition of "school" in ARS 13-3102 (Weapons Misconduct) to include colleges and universities and make possessing a firearm on these campuses a class 6 felony.

SB 1050 - Ban magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds (class 4 felony).

SB 1228 - Repeal state preemption over the disposition of surrendered and forfeited firearms.

SB 1229 - Ban magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds (class 3 felony).

SB 1309 - Universal background checks for all firearm transfers, private as well as commercial.

SB 1473
- Illegal to enter “any state building, including the House of Representatives wing and the Senate wing of the State Capitol, carrying a deadly weapon.” 

SB 1474 - Expand the definition of "school" in ARS 13-3102 (Weapons Misconduct) to include colleges and universities and make possessing a firearm on these campuses a class 1 misdemeanor.

SB 1480 - Raise the penalty for the unlawful discharge of a firearm “within or into the limits of any municipality” from a Class 6 to a Class 5 felony.


2014

HB 2207 - Discharging a firearm with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 would become a class 6 felony.  Thwart a home invasion while sitting at home having a beer and become a felon.

HB 2251 - Proposal to study (with intent to weaken) Arizona’s Stand Your Ground laws.

HB 2345 - Eliminate Constitutional Carry and reestablish 1994 CCW requirements.

HB 2346 & SB 1455 - Universal background checks for all firearm transfers, private as well as commercial.

HB 2352 - Anyone voluntarily submitting to a mental evaluation would become a Prohibited Possessor.

HB 2356 - Law enforcement officers authorized to make a determination of a person’s mental health, request a court ordered evaluation, seize firearms and create another Prohibited Possessor.

HB 2518 & SB 1347 - Weaken justification of the use of force.

HB 2542 - Guns must be kept unloaded and locked away.

HB 2631 - Cities and counties can destroy guns seized and surrendered.

HB 2632 - Anyone subject to a restraining order is a prohibited possessor.


2015

HB 2118, HB 2183, HB 2601, SB 1269 - These 4 almost identical bills would have criminalized the private transfer (not defined) of firearms.  Individuals wanting to transfer a firearm would be required to surrender their firearm to a federally licensed (FFL) dealer for a NICS background check.  The FFL would be able to charge for this service.  If the buyer (transferee) doesn’t pass the NICS check, the seller (transferor) must undergo a NICS check before the firearm can be returned to them.  If the seller (transferor) does not pass the NICS check the firearm would be confiscated and surrendered to local law enforcement for disposal.  Not complying with the law would be a Class 5 Felony.

HCR 2014 - Proposed ballot measure identical to HB 2118.

HB 2371 - Would have prohibited minors 14 and under from being allowed to fire fully automatic firearms.

HB 2473 - Would have nullified “no duty to retreat” in the statutes regarding the justification of deadly physical force.

SB 1202 - Would have allowed local governments to restrict noise that is detrimental to the “well-being” of a person or neighborhood or that “disturbs the peace and quiet” of a neighborhood.  This was nothing more that a “gun control” bills disguised as a noise ordinance.  It would have allowed local zealots to shut down shooting ranges because someone feels it disturbs their mood.


2016

HB 2011 & SB 1021 - Would have established a “public safety and violence prevention” committee to specifically investigate firearms ownership.

HB 2091 & SB 1339 - Identical to bills filed in 2015.  These bills would have criminalized the private transfer (not defined) of firearms.  Individuals wanting to transfer a firearm would be required to surrender their firearm to a federally licensed (FFL) dealer for a NICS background check.  The FFL would be able to charge for this service.  If the buyer (transferee) doesn’t pass the NICS check, the seller (transferor) must undergo a NICS check before the firearm can be returned to them.  If the seller (transferor) does not pass the NICS check the firearm would be confiscated and surrendered to local law enforcement for disposal.  Not complying with the law would be a Class 5 Felony.

HCR 2007 - Proposed ballot measure identical to HB 2091.

HB 2279 - Would have weakened Arizona’s laws regarding the justification for the use of deadly force.

HB 2280 - Would have eliminated the Gamed and Fish recommendation board.  This would have paved the way for appointments of ideologues bent on ending hunting and fishing in Arizona.

HB 2607 - Would have made it a crime to not keep your firearms locked away.

HB 2611 - Would have required confiscation of your firearms if a “mental health injunction” was filed against you at the request of a family member or peace officer.  One of the indications for being mentally unstable was if you had purchased a firearm in the last six months.

SB 1128 - Would have required domestic violence offender to surrender their firearms to law enforcement.  Due process and the discretion of the court would have been eliminated, and the offender would not have the opportunity to dispose of or transfer their property using any other means.


2017

HB 2148  - Would have established a “public safety and violence prevention study” committee.  It specifically called for a committee member representing a group that advocates “gun violence prevention” which is leftist-speak for disarming law-abiding citizens.

HB 2149 - Would have required the confiscation of your firearms if a “mental health injunction” was filed against you at the request of a family member or peace officer.  One of the indicators for being mentally ill was purchasing a firearm in the last six months.

HB 2150 - Would have made the private transfer of a firearm a Class 5 felony unless both the transferor and the transferee were screened via a federal NICS background check.  “Transfer” was loosely defined and could have included having a friend store your firearm while you were out of town.

HB 2402 - Would have added an indicator to a person’s driver license if they become a prohibited firearms possessor.  See HB 2149.

HB 2427 - Would have made it a Class 1 misdemeanor for not locking your firearms away.

HB 2475 - Would have repealed the Arizona Gun Safety Program that allows high schools to teach the safe use of firearms and bows.

HCR 2009 - A ballot measure identical to HB 2150.

SB 1182
- Would have required special permits to kill Bobcats, the Canada Lynx, Jaguars, Mountain Lions and Ocelots.

SB 1195 - Would have required those on probation for any domestic violence violation to surrender their firearms.

SB 1487 - Would have eliminated the Game and Fish recommendation board.  This would set the stage for the appointment of political ideologues determined to end hunting and fishing in Arizona.

SB 1504 - Would have nullified “no duty to retreat” in the statutes justifying the use of deadly force.

 

For a list of the current bills being monitored by AzCDL, visit our Bill Tracking page.

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