Arizona House Representative Carl Seel has introduced 3 bills (HB 2433, HB 2431 and HB 2432) which, when taken together, would: (1) make every able-bodied citizen (who is capable of bearing arms) of the sovereign state of Arizona a member of the Arizona Militia; (2) provide protections for possession of their tactical firearms, and; (3) provide state funding for tactical firearms training.
HB 2431 would clarify that members of the Arizona Guard (composed of the state militia – see HB 2433) may possess “particularly suited firearms or equipment” which include firearms with standard/full capacity magazines and semi-automatic pistols, rifles and shotguns. In a nutshell, since the Arizona Guard is composed of the state militia, restrictions cannot be made on things like magazine capacity and firearms features.
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) restricting membership in the state militia (i.e., all able-bodied citizens capable of bearing arms). See HB 2431.
Related Arizona bills include:
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: an AzCDL-requested bill that would move the firearms storage requirements for state and local government (i.e., “public”) buildings from the weapons misconduct statute (ARS 13-3102) to the preemption statutes (ARS 13-3108). It would also require operators of public property, wishing to ban weapons, to restrict access to the property and provide armed guards and metal detectors as well as storage lockers. The bill also allows for legal action against the operator when they don’t obey the law.
HB 2291 & SB 1112 are identical AzCDL-requested bills that would prohibit enforcement, by state and federal officials, of federal firearms laws relating to a “personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition, that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in this state and that remains exclusively with the borders of” Arizona. These bills also provide that the Arizona Attorney General may defend a citizen of Arizona who is prosecuted by the feds for violation of related federal firearms laws.
HB 2326: prohibit maintaining information on a person who possesses, purchases, transfers or sells a firearm except in the course of a law enforcement investigation. HB 2326 passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on January 24th by a 6 to 2 vote.
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: allow for reduced hunting license fee for members of the military and veterans
Steve Baysinger is the State Chapter Coordinator for the Texas Tenth Amendment Center.
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