AZ Bill Increases Gun Rights For CCW Holders

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In a perfect world, concealed carry permits wouldn’t be a thing. People could carry their firearms however they want to and do so without asking the government for permission.


Unfortunately, we don’t have a perfect world. We’re stuck with this one, and in this one, the idea of people being actually, you know, free and stuff scared the crap out of folks.

We’re stuck with concealed carry permits being needed in far too many places. Since that’s the case, the least we can do is see some increased gun rights for those with them.

A Senate panel gave the go ahead for more people to bring loaded weapons into more places.


One measure approved by the Judiciary Committee would allow the more than 390,000 Arizonans with permits to carry a concealed weapon to bring them into most public buildings, regardless of what the sign on the door says.


That 5-2 vote on HB 2551 came over the objections of city and county officials who questioned the wisdom of having more armed people in government offices and buildings. They pointed out that the only way they could keep out people with weapons would be to install and staff metal detectors to keep out everyone with a gun.

That’s kind of the point.

See, the issue with government buildings isn’t just that we have a right to be armed, it’s that policies that disarm people don’t just disarm them at the door, but beyond those doors.


Plus, if you’re counting on a sign to keep you safe, you’re a complete and total moron.

By an identical party-line margin, the committee said any adult is free to bring a loaded weapon onto a school campus as long as it is left in a locked vehicle.

Current law permits weapons in vehicles, but only if unloaded. HB 2840 would remove that requirement.

Good, because that’s particularly stupid.

See, telling people they can leave a gun in the car but only if it’s unloaded leads to one of two things. One is that they just ignore the law, which is probably what I’d do.

The other is that they’ll have to mess with their weapon to unload it. Increasing the requirement for people to handle their guns in non-emergencies also increases the possibility of a negligent discharge. Those can lead to people getting hurt.

Plus, if it’s locked in a vehicle, it’s not like the weapon would magically discharge. That’s not how guns work.

Of course, anti-gunners in the state hate these measures.

The upside is that while the state’s two senators are Democrats, the state legislature leans Republican, as does the state’s governor. That means there’s actually a good chance these two measures actually pass. That would be a big win for Arizona, despite what the anti-gun naysayers claim. I didn’t include their arguments because, well, you already know them.


After all, they claim the same thing everywhere else, and yet we never see the doom and gloom they claim come to fruition. Funny how that shakes out, isn’t it?


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