UPDATE! Arizona Bill Designates Gun Stores as Essential Businesses

Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers introduced legislation that would designate stores that sell firearms and ammunition as essential businesses. Update: Senate Bill 1382 passed out of the Senate Judiciary committee with a vote of 5-3. The bill has now been sent to the Senate Committee on Rules where it awaits its next hearing.


Take Action! Arizona members should contact their state senator and urge them to support Senate Bill 1382. Arizona members can find their legislators by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.


This legislation codifies into law that stores that sell firearms or ammunition are essential businesses and no orders or restrictions can be placed on their normal operations under a state of emergency. During the COVID-19 pandemic Gov. Doucey specified that firearms and ammunition stores were essential, but this legislation would make it law regardless of future governor’s views.

“We thank Gov. Doucey for ensuring Arizona citizens have had access to firearms and ammunition in this time of emergency,” said Jacob Hupp associate director of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Law-abiding citizens have a guaranteed right to protect themselves and their family, and now in Arizona, thanks to Sen. Wendy Rogers’ legislation, those citizens can be sure they will have the ability to do so when it matters most.”

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