According to the National Rifle Association, several major policy bills could be moving forward very soon. Once the budget negotiations have concluded, a flood of legislation is expected to emerge, including important measures such as those listed below.
TheNRA said it is working hard to pass House Bill 2474, sponsored by State Representatives John Kavanagh (R-8) and Frank Antenori (R-30), which would permit law-abiding citizens to keep a firearm locked in their privately owned vehicle when parked on their employers publicly accessible parking lot. HB2474 could be before the House Committee of the Whole this week.
If passed, HB2474 would permit a law-abiding individual to store their firearms in their locked motor vehicle while parked on a publicly accessible parking lot controlled by their employer or a business they frequent. This bill will protect your right to keep a firearm in your car if you choose to hunt or target shoot before or after work. HB2474 would also allow an individual to keep a firearm in their vehicle for self-defense during their commute to and from work.
Senate Bill 1113, introduced by State Senator Jack Harper (R-4), would give customers the right to take handguns into restaurants. Restaurant owners who do not want firearms in their establishments would be required to post a sign. SB1113 has been through First Reading and is now awaiting a committee assignment in the Senate.
Senate Bill 1243, sponsored by State Senator Russell Pearce (R-18), would clarify the statutory definition of defensive display of a firearm. SB1243 is also awaiting a Senate committee assignment.