Phoenix, AZ - HCR 2025
A resolution praising gun shows and dispelling many myths about them crossed a major hurdle today when it was approved by the Arizona House of Representatives. HCR2025 reads in part:
…Whereas, thousands of Arizonans attend gun shows annually to take part in wholesome family events that generate substantial positive economic and commercial impact on the state and its political subdivisions; and Whereas, the so-called gun show "loophole" is a fallacy generated by groups whose ultimate goal is to eliminate gun shows and all private firearms transactions; and
Whereas, the same federal and state laws that apply to firearm transfers outside of gun shows apply equally to all transfers inside gun shows;…
"We are pleased that the Arizona House has chosen to send this clear and unambiguous message to the United States Congress," said Todd Rathner a member of the National Rifle Association Board of Directors and a Tucson resident.
Gun shows have been under the threat of being regulated out of existence by the Federal Government. Senator John McCain (R) of Arizona has been a primary sponsor of this legislation.
"I hope Senator McCain is listening to what the people of Arizona are saying about gun shows, their positive impact on the economy, and their place in American tradition," Rathner added.
The resolution will now move to the Arizona Senate for it's approval.
Todd J. Rathner
National Rifle Association
Board Of Directors
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
First Regular Session
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 2025
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
RECOGNIZING GUN SHOWS.
Whereas, the Arizona Constitution, in article II, section 26, recognizes an individual right to bear arms by stating unambiguously that, "The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the State shall not be impaired"; and
Whereas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in United States v. Emerson found, in harmony with long-standing United States Supreme Court jurisprudence, that the phrase "the right of the people" used in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is as much of an individual right guarantee as the identical phrase in the First, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments; and
Whereas, courts have found that gun shows are places where citizens exercise their First Amendment rights to free commercial speech and to peaceably assemble; and
Whereas, in order for law-abiding residents to exercise their state and federal constitutional rights to keep and bear arms they must have the means of purchasing and transferring arms by engaging in a system of free enterprise and commerce; and
Whereas, since territorial days, gun shows have provided the state's citizens with a place where like-minded people are able to gather to exercise their rights and to be freely involved in the exchange of firearms and related equipment and supplies; and
Whereas, thousands of Arizonans attend gun shows annually to take part in wholesome family events that generate substantial positive economic and commercial impact on the state and its political subdivisions; and
Whereas, the so-called gun show "loophole" is a fallacy generated by groups whose ultimate goal is to eliminate gun shows and all private firearms transactions; and
Whereas, the same federal and state laws that apply to firearm transfers outside of gun shows apply equally to all transfers inside gun shows; and
Whereas, the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division of the Department of Justice, in a survey of more than 18,000 prison inmates documented that less than 0.6 per cent of criminals who used firearms acquired their firearms from gun shows; and
Whereas, terrorist organizations are based in areas of the world that are awash in weaponry not available at gun shows, including fully automatic firearms, rocket launchers, grenades, mortars and other explosives. The claims that these terrorist groups are acquiring their weaponry from American gun shows are baseless in fact; and
Whereas, the terrorist attacks against this nation are being manipulated by special interests to advance their political agenda; and
Whereas, this state believes the primary responsibility of government is to preserve the freedom of its residents.
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring:
1. That the Members of the Legislature recognize that gun shows provide a safe, historical, valuable and indispensable community service for those citizens who choose to exercise their constitutional rights.
2. That such peaceable public assemblies should be protected from those who would further regulate, encumber or eliminate them through a campaign of misinformation.