Arizona Campus Carry To Be Debated Today April 7
Catalina, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- Your Legislative Action Center letter is waiting for you here: http://capwiz.com/azcdl/issues/alert/?alertid=40264501
We have just learned that SB 1467, the AzCDL-requested Campus Carry bill is scheduled for debate in the House Committee of the Whole (COW) on Thursday, April 7, 2011.
SB 1467 originally would have prevented governing boards of colleges and universities from creating or enforcing a policy or rule that would prevent CCW permit holders from possessing a “concealed” weapon on campus.
On March 11, 2011, SB 1467 was amended during the Senate COW debate and subsequently passed out of the Senate by a 21 to 7 vote on March 14, 2011.
The amended SB 1467 prevents the governing boards of colleges and universities from prohibiting the “lawful possession or carrying of a weapon on a public right-of-way.” That covers streets, sidewalks, etc. open to public use. In cities like Phoenix and Tucson it’s almost impossible to not pass through a campus during daily travels. The new language ensures that you won’t be breaking the law by turning down the wrong street.
The amended bill is not everything we want, but it’s an improvement over the current law where only criminals can be armed on college and university campuses and law-abiding citizens can instantly become criminals by simply making a wrong turn in their travels. The amended SB 1467 is still a good step in the right direction. We support its passage.
Your help is needed to make sure SB 1467 passes out of the House COW debate.
Please immediately contact your Representatives and urge them to vote for the passage of SB 1467.
A letter has been prepared and is waiting to be sent by you at AzCDL’s Action Center:
Stay tuned! When critical legislation moves, we will notify you via these Alerts.
A list of the firearms and self-defense related bills, along with links, that AzCDL is monitoring can be found at our website: www.azcdl.org/html/2011_bills.html .
AzCDL believes that the emphasis of gun laws should be on criminal misuse and that law-abiding citizens should be able to own and carry firearms unaffected by unnecessary laws or regulations. AzCDL was founded by a group of local activists who recognized that a sustained, coordinated, statewide effort was critical to protecting and expanding the rights of law-abiding gun owners. As a like-minded coalition of activists, the AzCDL founders were instrumental in the successful passage of the first major improvement to Arizona's CCW (concealed carry) laws since they were instituted in 1994. Visit: www.azcdl.org