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Bills to OK carrying concealed guns without permits advance

• by Alia Beard Rau, The Arizona Republic
Proposed legislation that would make Arizona the third state in the nation to allow adults to carry concealed guns without permits may be the first of the dozen or so weapons-related bills proposed this session to hit the governor's desk. Lawmakers have amended Senate Bill 1108 and House Bill 2347 so they consist of identical language that would, among other things, eliminate the requirement for concealed-carry weapon permits for U.S. citizens 21 and older. The Senate bill, crafted by Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, was approved Tuesday by the Senate Committee of the Whole and now awaits a vote by the full Senate. The House bill, sponsored by Jim Weiers, R-Glendale, is on the agenda for a vote by the House Committee of the Whole today. "If you want to carry concealed, and you have no criminal history, you are a good guy, you can do it," Pearce said of his bill. "It's a freedom that poses no threat to the public."

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Comment by Don Wills
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This clause is the difference...

Ernie - we really need the ability to edit posts to fix stupid typos!

Comment by Don Wills
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Arizonians - beware of this clause:

[the proposed law] would now require individuals carrying a concealed gun to notify a law-enforcement officer that they are carrying if they are pulled over for a traffic stop. It also would allow the officer to take temporary custody of the gun during a stop.

This clause the difference between Alaska-style carry law and Vermont-style carry law (which has no requirements for disarmament or notification at all). Many in the gun rights movement are vehemently against Alaska-style carry laws, to the point where they would rather not have license-free concealed carry than what Alaska has. This argument is what killed the attempt to pass license-free concealed carry in Wyoming last month. Here's a very informative

Comment by Ernest Hancock
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Only if you can prove that you are a U.S. Citizen of course... and how might you do that? This guy has a one tracked mind. National ID


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