Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2103 yesterday. The bill reforms concealed carry permit qualifications in the state, allowing anyone with a military service background to obtain a permit at 19 years of age. Arizona is one of five “constitutional carry” states where no permit is required to carry concealed for those who are 21 and may legally possess firearms. Obtaining a state permit has advantages, however, as it’s recognized by about 35 other states and allows concealed carry in establishments that serve alcohol, as long as the permit holder refrains from drinking . . .
Here’s the relevant passage from the new law from trendtrack.com:
E. The department of public safety shall issue a permit to an applicant who meets all of the following conditions:
1. Is a resident of this state or a United States citizen.
2. Is twenty‑one years of age or older or is at least nineteen years of age and provides evidence of current military service or proof of honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions from the United States armed forces, United States armed forces reserve or a state national guard.
The bold letters indicate the change in the law.
The concealed carry reform is one of dozens of similar bills sweeping across the country. More than twenty states have reformed their firearms laws in the last year, removing antiquated infringements on Second Amendment rights. The reforms are being enacted in the face of strong opposition from the “progressive” establishment, including President Barrack Obama. Millions of dollars have been spent trying to overpower these grassroots-backed reforms.
A tiny number of states have enacted more restrictive legislation under intense lobbying by billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the administration, and the old line media. The legislation in New York, Connecticut, and Colorado is being challenged in the courts. Three Colorado legislators have lost their seats because of unprecedented popular challenges after they voted for restrictive firearms laws. As always, watch this space.
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