Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
One would think the sheer stupidity of giving guns legal rights superior
to an individual's private property rights to do with his or her own
property as they deem fit would derail this crazy bill.
This is not an April Fool's joke: the Tea-Publican controled Arizona legislature is one vote away from sending this bill making idolatrous gun worship the official state religion to the Governor. The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reported, Republicans defeat Democrats’ gun safety amendments:
Among other things, the amendments would have required lost or stolen
firearms to be reported to police and implemented university background
checks for firearm sales. Almost all were defeated along party lines.
Democrats said the amendments were the only way they could raise
concerns about gun safety after dozens of their bills had gone nowhere
in the Legislature.
Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Tucson, and Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix,
combined to sponsor each of the amendments to HB2455, Rep. Brenda
Barton’s bill to prevent the destruction of firearms purchased in gun
buyback programs or weapons simply turned over to a law enforcement
agency. The Senate’s Committee of the Whole voted in favor of HB2455,
which faces a final vote in the Senate before it would go to the
The amendments were all introduced and
rejected with little debate from Senate Republicans, who challenged them
not germane to the underlying bill.
After senators defeated Lopez’s amendment to allow local officials to
determine if they want to allow the destruction of firearms, Gallardo
rose 17 times to introduce amendments representing bills he sponsored
this year that never got a committee hearing. The measures had been
assigned to the Senate Rules Committee, a death blow dealt by Senate
President Andy Biggs.
Although they knew the measures would be defeated by the Senate’s GOP
majority, Senate Democrats lamented that this method of debate was
their only avenue to get across a message in favor of gun control.
“Why aren’t we in the Arizona Legislature having the same debate that
all 49 states are having, including Congress right now? Let’s have a
real discussion on firearms and let’s get the guns out of the hands of
bad guys,” Gallardo said on the floor.
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After all 18 amendments were defeated,
Lopez and Senate Majority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor, D-Phoenix, tried
one last unsuccessful procedural maneuver to change HB2245 with three of
the amendments proposed by Lopez and Gallardo. They included Gallardo’s
proposals to ban the sale of armor-piercing bullets and prevent people
convicted of domestic violence from owning fire arms.
Gallardo and Landrum Taylor described those amendments, as well as
some others defeated by Senate Republicans, as common sense measures
that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should be able to agree on.
“Seeing that there is an amendment that would do something, anything,
to help victims of domestic violence, I can’t see where there would be
any problem with that,” Landrum Taylor said.
And Gallardo questioned if armor-piercing bullets, or “cop-killing
bullets” as the senator referred to them on the floor, were what the
founding fathers intended to defend when they wrote the Second
But each measure was defeated again, this time on a roll call vote,
before Sen. Steve Pierce used a procedural maneuver of his own to cut
short the debate and approve HB2455 without any more chances to amend
Another proud moment in the history of the Arizona legislature — not!
UPDATE: The Daily Show on Monday night came to Tucson to look
into the controversy over this bill and the gun buyback that Tucson City Councilman
Steve Kozachik did earlier year.
This bill is an obscenity. You need to contact Governor Jan Brewer
now and insist that she veto this crazy bill.
The Honorable Janice K. Brewer
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phoenix Office: (602) 542-4331
Tucson Office: (520) 628-6580
Fax Number: (602) 542-1381
In-State Toll Free 1-800-253-0883 (outside Maricopa County only)
E-mail form: Contact the Governor