The Good Bills
Democrat Gun Sense Legislators:
● Rep. Jennifer Longdon
● Rep. Daniel Hernandez
● Rep. Andrea Dalessandro
● Sen. Martin Quezada
● Sen. Lela Alston
● Sen. Sally Ann Gonzales
Introduced 15 gun sense bills and one resolution which covered:
The Good Bills (continued)
● Background check loopholes
● Verifying the validity of concealed carry permits
● Requiring Pediatric healthcare workers to provide gun safety information
● A Red Flag Bill
● Hold adults accountable if firearms are not safely secured
● Make safe storage devices tax-free
● Restraining Orders
● Make bump stocks illegal
● Surrendering concealed weapons permit if sentenced
● Waiting period when purchasing a firearm
Bad News about the Good Bills
Not one of the GOOD GUN BILLS received a hearing by the AZ Legislative
Majority (House and Senate Republicans).
On May 31, 2022 (after the Uvalde shooting) Sen. Quezada used a procedural
motion to waive the requirement for a committee hearing gun sense legislation on
the Senate Floor. The Senate Republicans voted down the chance to debate a
bill on gun sense legislation even after this horrific event.
The Bad Bills
The AZ Legislative Majority (House and Senate Republicans) introduced bills that:
● Would allow Concealed Carry in Public spaces and events such as libraries,
community centers, zoo, festivals, marches.
● Would allow Loaded Weapons in School Parking Lots.
● Would require middle and high school students to learn about the use and safe
handling of firearms using an NRA program that’s proven to be unsuccessful.
● Would reduce the age of a person to have a concealed weapon permit to age 18
● Would allow concealed carry on college campuses.
The Bad Bills (continued)
● Would allow property owners to use deadly force to prevent criminal damage
(e.g., graffiti) to their property (Expands AZ’s Stand Your Ground Bill).
● Would prevent taxing or restricting firearms (A nullification bill).
● Would exempt guns and ammunition from sales tax. Would also exempt gun
locks and gun safes but that wasn’t enough to outweigh the bad.
● Would prohibit the state or any public entity from contracting with a company
unless the company agrees not to discriminate against a firearm entity.
How Can Reforms in Gun Sense Legislation Be Made on the State Level?
Moms Demand Action Volunteers are working hard to have candidates up and
down the ballot complete the Gun Sense Candidate Questionnaire.
● This is the first time we are able to offer this opportunity to down ballot races.
● Please let us know of candidates you know who might be interested in
becoming a Gun Sense Candidate.
The Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate
distinction lets voters know which candidates will stand up
for gun safety if elected into office. Moms Demand Action
and Students Demand Action volunteers across the country
have been distributing questionnaires to candidates to
ensure that those with the Gun Sense Candidate distinction
will advocate for safer communities. These candidates have
proven that they will support stronger gun laws.
You can find Gun Sense Candidates using this link:
If we are able to elect a Democratic Governor and Democratic Majority at the Arizona Legislature
● We will be able to work with Legislators who will stand up for Gun Safety.
If we are NOT able to elect a Democratic Governor and Democratic Majority at the Arizona
● We fear that some of the newly elected Republican Legislatures will not be open to
working with us to pass gun sense legislation.
● We will work with our Legislative Team, our Gun Sense Candidates and Everytown for
creative ways to work towards Gun Sense Legislation.
● We will be working with Community Partners and Stakeholders.