REFERENCE TITLE: state militia; firearms; rights
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
First Regular Session
Representatives Thorpe: Barton, Lawrence
Amending Section 26-121, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to the state militia.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 26-121, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
26-121. Composition of militia; persons exempt; findings
A. The militia of the state of Arizona consists of all able bodied able‑bodied and law‑abiding citizens of the this state who own a firearm and who are between the ages of eighteen and forty‑five years of age and all able‑bodied and law‑abiding residents of the this state between such ages who own a firearm and who have declared their intention to become citizens of the United States, except:
1. Persons exempted by the laws of the this state or the United States.
2. Persons with a serious mental illness, totally blind persons and persons convicted of infamous crimes.
3. Judges and clerks of courts of record.
4. State and county civil officers holding office by election, and members of the legislature.
5. Members of the clergy.
B. The legislature finds that:
1. The militia of this state is necessary for the security of this free and sovereign state.
2. The militia members of this state have the right, under the second amendment of the United States Constitution and article II, section 26 of the Arizona Constitution, to keep and bear arms. The right to keep and bear arms may not be infringed or called into question by the federal government or any state or local government.