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AZ The Second Amendment Is Your Permit

Ariz. House approves concealed weapons bill
The Arizona House voted Thursday to make the state the third in the nation to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit, sending the governor a bill that would allow Arizonans to forego background checks and classes that are now required.

The legislation, approved by the House 36-19 without discussion, would make it legal for most U.S. citizens 21 or older to carry a concealed weapon in Arizona without the permit now required. Currently, carrying a hidden firearm without a permit is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Sen. Russell Pearce, a Mesa Republican who sponsored the measure, said last week that he added changes requested by Gov. Jan Brewer’s office, an indication that she is likely to sign it. The governor can sign or veto the measure, or allow it to become law without action.

If the legislation is enacted, Arizona would join Alaska and Vermont in not requiring permits to carry concealed weapons. Forty-five other states require permits for hidden guns, and two states — Illinois and Wisconsin — prohibit them altogether.

Supporters say gun restrictions only affect people who want to follow the rules because criminals will carry hidden guns regardless of the law. Nearly all adults can carry a weapon openly in Arizona, and they shouldn’t face additional restrictions when they want to hide the weapon, supporters argue.

“What’s dangerous is when they’re in criminals’ hands, not citizens’ hands,” said Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, a bill sponsor.

Opponents argue legalizing concealed weapons will make it easier for criminals to carry them, endangering police. They also worry the bill would lead to more accidental gun discharges by people not adequately trained in firearm safety.

“We wouldn’t give people driver’s licenses without requiring training or testing. Why would we give people the ability to carry a concealed weapon anywhere?” said Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson.

There are more than 154,000 active concealed weapon permits in Arizona.

Under the measure, Arizonans would still be subject to the background checks federal law requires when buying firearms from a store. People carrying a concealed weapon would be required to tell a police officer if asked, and the officer could temporarily take the weapon while communicating with the gun carrier.

Under the legislation, permits still could be obtained on an optional basis so Arizonans could carry concealed weapons in states with reciprocity agreements. Permits also would be required to carry weapons in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.-[source]

5 comments to AZ The Second Amendment Is Your Permit

  • Senator Pearce originally called the bill “Constitutional Carry.”

  • Great! Now if we can get Kansas to come aboard.

  • SittingMooseShaman

    Where does this politician get this “we” from?
    The Constitution recognizes American personal armament
    as an EXISTING reality, a HUMAN RIGHT: “…and the RIGHT
    of the PEOPLE to KEEP AND BEAR arms shall not be
    We as American Free-Citizens do NOT need this or
    ANY other Marxist-leaning party-politicians’ ‘permission’
    for to carry personal or community-defense arms.
    Anything contrary is a lie.
    And any politician who attempts to impose such is
    acting in a seditious manner towards the
    “Supreme Law of the Land” and is in violation
    of Article VI Sec.2 – Violation of Oath and
    Usurping the Constitution.
    These party-politicians might have fooled previous
    generations with their authoritarian BS…
    However, not any more.
    It ends now.
    This Nation is not a monarchy, plutocracy, oligarchy or
    socialist-state – The United States is a
    “Constitutional Democracy!”
    It is time that these party-politicians began to
    uphold the Law.
    First, by OBEYING the “Supreme Law of the Land” themselves!
    Second, to immediately cease and desist from integrating
    any more of Karl Marxs’ manifesto into the American governance!
    Thirdly, to remove any and all vistages of that imported Marxist
    poison from this Nations’ Constitutional Democracys’
    form of governing!
    Forth…Apologize to this Nations’ citizens for ever detracting
    from Our Constitutions’ guidance in the first place!

  • de

    Dear, ‘Sitting Moose’,
    I appreciated your articulate/thought provoking responses. May I add a 5th:…Require, ‘O’/Nan./Harry to “CHANGE” their, midnight mtgs./back-door deals to prayer vigils w/interested Congressman/Senators/Tea party members. I truly believe that will bring freedom and…. TRUE CHANGE!
    -Until the whole world hears,
    De ;p

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