Arizona Updates 2008
All the gun laws in plain English
The Arizona Citizens Defense League (AZCDL) now provides comprehensive update information on gun-law and related bills for the entire session. Bloomfield Press recommends AZCDL for up-to-date information on changes to the laws that affect gun owners in the state. New laws that have been enacted, bills that died in session, and bills the governor vetoed are all covered. Edition 23 (copyright 2007) of The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide remains the most current edition in print. I personally recommend that you join AZCDL to support their work, get the very latest info as it is released, and help preserve the right to keep and bear arms. These are the people with the rubber on the road -- if gun rights are important to you, become a member of AZCDL.
Arizona Updates 2007
Changes to The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide, Edition 23 (2007)
Final -- 1/7/08.
The Arizona Citizens Defense League (AZCDL) provided this basic info,
You can read any of these bills on ALIS, the state legislative law site. Click "Change Session" and then select "Forty-eighth Legislature - First Regular Session 2007" then select "Bills" and then "Bill Info," to get the full list of bills:
Very minor changes are not noted here but will appear in the next edition of The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide (AGOG). The next edition of AGOG won't be scheduled until at least after the 2008 legislative session -- which ends around June and does not become effective until September. For example, in one law, "under the provisions of section 13-3101" has been changed to, "under section 13-3101," and has no substantive effect. Many similar minor technical fixes are made constantly by lawmakers and their staffs.
SB 1084 -- Affects A.R.S. §13-1204. The definitions and penalties for aggravated assault have been rewritten, shortening the statute by 68 words and arranging it in more logical fashion. The conditions that amount to an aggravated assault do not appear to have changed. CH47
SB 1222 -- Affects A.R.S. §13-1202, 13-2409, 13-2512. In 13-1202, threatening or intimidating is now a class 6 felony for criminal street gang members. In 13-2409, obstructing justice is now a class 3 felony for criminal street gang members. In 13-2512, hindering prosecution is now a class 3 felony for criminal street gang members. This affects the statutes but not the text in The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide. CH287
SB 1250 -- Affects A.R.S. §13-3112. Removes the requirement to obtain fingerprints upon the first renewal of a CCW permit. Last year a bill passed that eliminated the fingerprint requirement after the second renewal. DPS interpreted this to mean that the second time you renew your permit after August 2005, you don't need fingerprints -- or roughly in the year 2015. SB 1250 eliminates the fingerprint requirement for permit renewals altogether by deleting a few lines in the law. Starting December 31, 2007, when you renew your concealed-weapons permit, you will no longer be required to submit a set of fingerprints. For procedures on renewing without submitting fingerprints, check with the DPS CCW Unit: http://www.dps.state.az.us/ccw/. CH35
SB 1258 -- Affects A.R.S. §26-303. Prohibits the Governor, or Adjutant General, from confiscating lawfully held firearms, ammunition or their components during a state of emergency, specifically invoking federal and state constitutional guarantees. This important limit has been placed on many officials nationwide, after highly publicized abusive confiscations in Louisiana following hurricane Katrina. Specifically, emergency powers, "shall not be construed to allow the imposition of additional restrictions on the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transportation, carrying, storage, display or use of firearms or ammunition or firearms or ammunition components." Authorities can, however, move large supplies of ammo ("stores of ammunition") "out of the way of dangerous conditions." The governor had previously refused to sign this common-sense bill because, she said, it would prevent moving an ammo stockpile during a forest fire. AZCDL added the language to neutralize that excuse, which lead to the law's passage. CH101
HB 2116 -- Allows people to let their grandchildren use their big game permits and tags to take big game under certain limited circumstances. This does not affect statutes or text in The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide.
HB 2117 -- Allows people to let physically disabled minor children use their big game permits and tags to take big game under certain limited circumstances. This does not affect statutes or text in The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide.
HB 2457 -- Affects A.R.S. §38-1102. A new statute specifies that peace officers cannot be disarmed by any government entity in the state, including the state itself, as long as the officers are qualified and in compliance with department regulations. A handful of exceptions include jails and similar holding facilities, courts at court discretion, secure police facilities, places federally prohibited for peace officers and similar. Officers can also be disarmed for cause, such as physical or mental impairment, and departments can decide how many and what type of arms and ammo officers may carry. This is slightly outside the scope of The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide, which only pertains to private firearms issues, but it's interesting to note that the assault on the right to keep and bear has gotten sufficiently intense to motivate police to guarantee their own powers by statute. CH79
HB 2469 -- Affects A.R.S. §13-3112. Reduces the penalty for not carrying your CCW permit with you to a petty offense (from the current Class 2 misdemeanor). It also restricts the application of the law to concealed-weapons-permit holders, and clarifies that permit holders can only be charged if they are carrying a concealed weapon when they fail to present their permit at the request of a law enforcement officer. If, on appearing in court after being cited for failure to have your permit with you, you produce a legible permit that was valid at the time of the violation, you "shall not be convicted." CH45
HB 2638 -- Affects A.R.S. §9-461.05. The "effective date" for a previous land-use amendment affecting shooting ranges is spelled out, August 25, 2004. CH236
HB 2787 -- Affects A.R.S. §13-610. The paragraph that says government can collect a DNA sample from you for certain gun-related offenses (and other crimes) is renumbered, and expanded to include additional crimes and an arrest (before any conviction) for repeat offenders, "involving the discharge, use or threatening exhibition of a deadly weapon." CH261
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