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 Name Vote Member Name Vote Member Name Vote
John Christopher Ackerley Y John M. Allen Y Lela Alston N
Richard C. Andrade N Brenda Barton Y Jennifer D. Benally N
Reginald Bolding N Sonny Borrelli Y Russell “Rusty” Bowers Y
Paul Boyer NV Kate Brophy McGee Y Noel W. Campbell Y
Mark A. Cardenas N Heather Carter Y Ken Clark N
Regina Cobb Y Doug Coleman Y Diego Espinoza N
Karen Fann Y Edwin W. Farnsworth Y Charlene R. Fernandez N
Mark Finchem Y Randall Friese N Rosanna Gabaldón N
Sally Ann Gonzales N Rick Gray Y Albert Hale N
Anthony Kern Y Jonathan R. Larkin N Jay Lawrence Y
Vince Leach Y David Livingston Y Phil Lovas Y
Stefanie Mach N Debbie McCune Davis N Juan Jose Mendez N
Javan D. “J.D.” Mesnard Y Eric Meyer N Darin Mitchell Y
Steve Montenegro Y Jill Norgaard Y Justin Olson Y
Lisa A. Otondo N Warren H. Petersen Y Franklin M. Pratt NV
Rebecca Rios N Tony Rivero Y Bob Robson Y
Macario Saldate N Andrew C. Sherwood N Thomas “T.J.” Shope Y
Victoria Steele N David W. Stevens Y Bob Thorpe Y
Kelly Townsend Y Michelle R. Ugenti Y Ceci Velasquez N
Jeff Weninger Y Bruce Wheeler N David M. Gowan Sr. Y


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

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