House passes HB2431 to adopt Uniform Firearms Transfer Compact

The Arizona House passed HB2431, which adopts the Uniform Firearms Transfer Compact. The bill allows 2 or more states to enter into a compact that establishes uniform firearms transfer agreements that do not exceed Federal regulations.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Thorpe, is intended to protect 2nd amendment rights.

According to the Arizona Citizens Defense League, HB243 “is a critical piece of legislation.” The compact would block outside political organizations from developing restrictive gun owner registration schemes in the state of Arizona.

Also on Thursday, the House passed HB 2320, which allow those with permits to carry concealed weapons to bring them into public buildings.

The debate on the bill was disappointing to many. Rep. Sally Gonzales, appeared to be unaware of the wording and foundation of U. S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. When Rep. Eddie Farnsworh stated, “The Second Amendment says that we have a right that is God-given to us to defend ourselves. If I have a God-given right to defend myself, and if the Second Amendment recognizes and defends that right against government, then if government wants to take away my ability to defend myself, they have an obligation to protect me.” To which Gonzales responded, “God didn’t write the Constitution.”

Farnsworth then recited the Declaration of Independence for Gonzales. He emphasized that people are “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Member NameVoteMember NameVoteMember NameVote
John Christopher AckerleyYJohn M. AllenYLela AlstonN
Richard C. AndradeNBrenda BartonYJennifer D. BenallyN
Reginald BoldingNSonny BorrelliYRussell “Rusty” BowersY
Paul BoyerNVKate Brophy McGeeYNoel W. CampbellY
Mark A. CardenasNHeather CarterYKen ClarkN
Regina CobbYDoug ColemanYDiego EspinozaN
Karen FannYEdwin W. FarnsworthYCharlene R. FernandezN
Mark FinchemYRandall FrieseNRosanna GabaldónN
Sally Ann GonzalesNRick GrayYAlbert HaleN
Anthony KernYJonathan R. LarkinNJay LawrenceY
Vince LeachYDavid LivingstonYPhil LovasY
Stefanie MachNDebbie McCune DavisNJuan Jose MendezN
Javan D. “J.D.” MesnardYEric MeyerNDarin MitchellY
Steve MontenegroYJill NorgaardYJustin OlsonY
Lisa A. OtondoNWarren H. PetersenYFranklin M. PrattNV
Rebecca RiosNTony RiveroYBob RobsonY
Macario SaldateNAndrew C. SherwoodNThomas “T.J.” ShopeY
Victoria SteeleNDavid W. StevensYBob ThorpeY
Kelly TownsendYMichelle R. UgentiYCeci VelasquezN
Jeff WeningerYBruce WheelerNDavid M. Gowan Sr.Y


AYES: 34   NAYS: 24   NOT VOTING: 2   EXCUSED: 0   VACANT: 0

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