Within the next week, Arizona could become the first state with a large urban population to allow U.S. citizens 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Only Alaska and Vermont have similar allowances.
Senate Bill 1108, crafted by Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday with a vote of 36-19 and no comments from either side.
The bill will go to the governor Monday, and Gov. Jan Brewer will have until the following Saturday to sign it, veto it, or do nothing and allow it to become law. The law would go into effect 90 days after the legislative session ends, which could happen within the next few weeks.
What's wrong with these people? They started with a good idea, that having a gun can be useful for self-defense, then they kept pushing and pushing until the so-called "right" goes beyond the realm of common sense. The gun apologists are quick to point out that Vermont and Alaska have this policy and they're not awash in gun violence. I'm not sure that's exactly true, but in this article it was made very clear there's a big difference.
Arizona could become the first state with a large urban population to allow U.S. citizens 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.They mentioned "with a large urban population." They might have added, "with a large urban population in which there already is a lot of gun violence."
The training requirements to get the permit would change under the proposed law. John Thomas, lobbyist for the Arizona Chiefs of Police, said the new provisions don't require the training class to be a set number of hours or include any hands-on use of the weapon.
A background check would still be required to get a permit, as well as to buy a gun in most cases. Brewer this week signed another law that exempts guns made and kept in Arizona from federal regulation, including background checks.
No training requirements will be required. Way to go, Arizona. That one makes a lot of sense, huh? And even better is the doing away with the background check for guns made and kept in-state. I wish someone would tell us how that'll make the world a better place.
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