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URGENT ACTION ALERT! School Carry to be heard by full Senate.

Written by Subject: Gun Rights
We are expecting SB 1214, an AzCDL requested bill, to be debated in the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW), and possibly voted on in Third Read, the week of March 10-14, 2008.  It's time to let EVERY Senator know that "public opinion" says to pass SB 1214.

SB 1214 proposes changes to ARS 13-3102 to allow adults with Concealed Weapons (CCW) permits to carry concealed firearms on public college and university property.  Federal law (18 USC § 922(q)(2)(B)(ii)) already allows CCW permit holders to possess firearms on school property.

We strongly encourage you to share this Alert with every pro-rights person you know.  It's very important that the Senate knows there is tremendous support for SB 1214.  We want them to get thousands of supporting emails!

Please take the time to send a polite note to every Senator, and let them know that you want them to vote for SB 1214 in the Senate COW and during Third Read.  Below is a cut-and-paste letter you can use as a template (but remember, writing your own letter is always better).  Following the letter are the email address lists of the Senate in both semi-colon and comma separated formats.  Use the one that is compatible with your email software.

Please be sure to include your own name, address, and phone number in all correspondence.

Subject:  Support SB 1214


The Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL) has informed me that SB 1214 will soon be debated in the Senate Committee of the Whole, and voted on in Third Read.  I urge you to vote for the passage of SB 1214.

Federal law (18 USC § 922(q)(2)(B)(ii)) already provides an exception, for concealed weapons (CCW) permit holders, on the restriction regarding the possession of firearms on school property.  SB 1214 complies with Federal law by removing the current restrictions on public college and university property.  In addition to satisfying State mandated firearms training requirements, which include a written and skills test, CCW permit holders must be 21 year old ADULTS, and undergo routine background checks by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to verify that they are the most law-abiding of the citizenry.

The presence of armed, law-abiding citizens is a proven crime deterrent.  Utah has allowed CCW permit holders to carry concealed handguns on college campuses since 2006.  Since this was implemented there has not been a single act of gun related violence on those campuses.

Where law-abiding adults have access to firearms, violence ends quickly.  In 2002, at Virginia's Appalachian Law School, a shooting spree ended when two armed adult students confronted the attacker, and persuaded him to surrender.  In 1997, the vice-principal of a high school in Pearl, Mississippi, armed himself and ended a shooting rampage without firing a shot.

Restrictive laws, not access to firearms, have led to a rise in school shootings.  Prior to 1968, any child could buy a gun through the mail.  Most schools had shooting clubs, and it was common for students to store their rifles in classrooms.  Yet, school shootings were almost unheard of.  Now, with irrational gun bans in place everywhere, anyone determined to do a lot of harm knows that they can literally get away with murder on school grounds, because no one will stop them until it's too late.  On April 16, 2007, twenty-seven students and five faculty members at Virginia Tech lost their lives to a madman who possessed one distinct advantage over his victims – he wasn't concerned with following the "gun free zone" rules.  Nineteen of his thirty-two victims were over twenty-one, the legal age for obtaining a concealed handgun permit in Virginia (and Arizona).

Opponents of SB 1214 will claim that law enforcement won't be able to tell the difference between armed defenders and armed assailants when they eventually arrive on the scene.  This has not been an issue with concealed carry permit holders in other walks of life, for several reasons.  First, real-world shootouts are typically localized and over very quickly.  Police rarely encounter an ongoing shootout between assailants and armed citizens.  Second, police are also trained to expect both armed bad guys and armed good guys, from off-duty/undercover police officers to armed citizens, in tactical scenarios.  Finally, concealed weapon permit holders are trained to use their firearms for self-defense, respond properly to a police presence, and not run through buildings looking for bad guys.  The biggest distinction between the armed assailants and the armed citizens is that the armed assailants would be running around shooting unarmed victims.

Again, I strongly support this important legislation, and I urge you to vote for the passage of SB 1214.

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Below are the email addresses of the Senate in both semi-colon and comma separation formats, along with a simple list of email addresses for those who encounter email address formatting problems.  Use the list that is compatible with your email software.

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