Bill advances to allow loaded guns in vehicles on school grounds

Bill advances to allow loaded guns in vehicles on school grounds

Loaded guns in vehicles could become a regular part of school carpool lines under a bill advancing at the Arizona Legislature. The proposal, House Bill 2840 , allows for loaded firearms under the control of an adult in a vehicle on school grounds. It passed through the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday by a 6-3 vote, with one member absent. The proposal is one of at least 18 bills introduced in this session relating to firearms, weapons and concealed carry, and one of six that has made it to a committee while the coronavirus pandemic continues to uproot lives of Arizonans every day. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jacqueline Parker, R-Mesa, called the legislation "simple," as it applies to guns in vehicles on school grounds and nowhere else. Under Arizona and federal law, loaded weapons cannot be within 1,000 feet of K-12 school grounds. Common exceptions elsewhere include proposals like Parker’s, where a firearm remains in a vehicle located on school grounds for the purpose of being near the school for pick-up or drop-off. "If you have a gun in your car, you don’t have to unload your gun before picking up your children from school," said Parker on Wednesday at the bill’s hearing. Parker said the current rule, which asks gun owners to unload their weapons before entering a school parking lot, is impractical and penalizes gun owners who are exercising their Second Amendment right. This proposal is also one of many making its way through the session relating to […]

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