Lawmaker Tells Concealed Carriers: ‘Stay home. Behind closed doors.’

Arizona State Sen. Lupe Contreras (D). (Photo: ACTV)

Some lawmakers just do not believe in one’s right to keep and bear arms, under any circumstances, no matter what. 

Arizona State Sen. Lupe Contreras appears to be one of those lawmakers.  

During a recent committee hearing on HB 2316, a measure to expand carry rights for permit holders to include certain public places and during various events, Sen. Contreras responded to testimony in support of the bill by suggesting those who feel unsafe should just stay at home. 

“I got my concealed carry because I’ve been a victim of sexual assault… random assault… domestic abuse, and I refuse to be a victim again,” explained Lauren Snyder, a voter in support of HB 2316.  

“I don’t carry because I want to harm others, I carry because I don’t want to be harmed,” Snyder continued, during the March 3rd hearing. 

A bit later on, Sen. Contreras dismissed Snyder’s argument and, as mentioned, suggested that anyone who believes in armed self-defense is better off shuttering indoors.  

“I’m a gun owner, I’m a hunter, I’m a proud Democrat.  I don’t need to carry my gun on me at all times to feel safe.  I don’t.  I don’t walk around, run around, drive around worrying about somebody’s gonna shoot me or somebody’s going to hurt me or somebody’s going to do whatever,” he said.  

SEE ALSO: Alabama, Ohio Become 22nd & 23rd State to Enact Constitutional Carry! 

“Why even walk around at that point?  Stay home.  Behind closed doors,” Contreras added.  

“I do understand that, yeah, it is a right that we have. But some people, some people just don’t have that right.  And some people just shouldn’t have that right,” he concluded while noting his opposition to SB 2316.

What’s that saying? A Liberal is a Conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet?

See, it’s easy to “feel safe” when one hasn’t been the victim of a forcible felony. Sen. Contreras should step inside Ms. Snyder’s shoes before he judges her posture on personal defense. It’s her right to choose what’s best for herself and her family. His opinions on the matter shouldn’t count for a hill of beans.

But unfortunately, over the years, politicians have succeeded in changing laws that treat our fundamental rights as privileges that require the government’s permission to exercise. Fortunately, in many Red states, we’re starting to take them back.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Stan d. Upnow March 27, 2022, 10:25 pm

    Obviously, Contreras is an imbecile. Probably be on the Democrat presidential ticket in 2024. Why not? They already got one installed in 2020.

  • Ej harbet March 22, 2022, 8:03 am

    His first problem is having a girl name. This caused his nads to be absorbed and excreted by his body.
    Along with basic human intelligence. Arizona has a eunuch problem. What would colonel cooper think if he was still here?

  • D.J. March 21, 2022, 1:38 pm

    Perhaps “ Private Pantywaist “ should heed his own advice ,
    and keep himself indoors .

    A wise man once said , “ The world is governed by the aggressive
    use of force “ . That, I believe , goes both ways .

  • Ger March 21, 2022, 1:00 pm

    So Contreras doesn’t have a problem with violating someone’s Constitutional Rights…

    “I do understand that, yeah, it is a right that we have. But some people, some people just don’t have that right. And some people just shouldn’t have that right,” he concluded while noting his opposition to SB 2316.”

    Typical democrat – rights for me, but not for thee.
    I live in AZ…. I think this will definitely make me donate to his opponent in the next election, which can’t come soon enough.

  • K. R. V. March 21, 2022, 10:31 am

    Well senator, maybe you should get ride of whatever protection you have before leaving the house!

  • Randy Rowley March 21, 2022, 9:53 am

    No, a Liberal is not a Conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet. Liberalism is a mental disorder and should be treated by licensed professionals. Exhibit A – Sen. Lupe Contreras.

    And what, Sen. Contreras, should she do if she doesn’t feel safe at home? Join a gang?

    He looks like he can take care of himself, and he doesn’t have to worry about being raped to the extent that his constituent does. He’s a fine example of leftist elitists who think that guns are fine for me, but not for thee.

  • Clint W. March 21, 2022, 9:35 am

    “I’m a gun owner, I’m a hunter, I’m a proud Democrat. ” says Contreras.

    A last name that is suspiciously similar to ‘contrary’. There is no gun owner or hunter who is a ‘proud Democrat’, that is a vote getting phrase that is nothing but a lie, any Democrat who claims to support the 2A should be ashamed to call themself Democrat. (Some Republicans fall in that category too) A gun owner and hunter that is a politician should know everything about the 2A battle and talking points we true gun owners, hunters, target shooters, personal protection, firearm hobbyist , and supporters of an unfettered, or should I say ‘shall not be infringed’ 2A deal with everyday. Nope Contreras is a contrary liar, vote him out.

  • Storm March 21, 2022, 9:34 am

    If Contreras is so fearful of armed law abiding citizens, he is the one that should stay home behind closed doors. At the very least, the rest of us would be safe from his approach to legislation.

  • Jeff March 21, 2022, 9:14 am

    I’m sure this is the same perspective Representative Contreras presented for dealing with the covid scare: stay home of you are afraid.

  • etph March 20, 2022, 5:30 pm

    Seems like he’s from across the border where even though they have a 2nd amendment, lawlessness reigns supreme because it’s neglected and ignored. There people are subservient to LE and the cartels, courtesy of the government and the primary religion of that country. This is why democrats love sanctuary cities. The more, the better. It ensures that their plantations will continuously be filled, and the types of tyrants like Contreras will be happy to assist just like the Nazis.

  • Bobo March 19, 2022, 4:23 am

    Sen. Contreras more then likely has a security detail with him most of the time…it’s no wonder he feels the way he does.

  • swimmer March 19, 2022, 2:59 am

    You voted him in. You can vote him out.

  • John March 19, 2022, 12:59 am

    Maybe Putin has a job for him? I certainly don’t. The elected employees in this country are increasingly becoming dictators and forgetting who they work for. Unaccountable for their actions and their mouths.

    • dustydog March 21, 2022, 3:45 pm

      Or maybe it’s ZELENSKY he should be working for:

      “Zelenskyy supports… free abortion in Ukraine, and the legalisation of prostitution and gambling. He opposes the legalisation of firearms.”
      (Wikipedia/Volodymyr Zelenskyy)

  • Robert Messmer March 18, 2022, 9:04 pm

    Best response would be to ask the ‘gentleman’ if when he is in a car he uses seatbelts. When he answers yes then tell him that if he is so afraid of being hurt in an accident he should just stay home – forever.

  • Rich K. March 18, 2022, 7:11 pm

    Here’s a better idea: if this idiot commie feels unsafe because law-abiding citizens feel safer being armed in public, why doesn’t HE cower at home behind locked doors?

  • Nick March 18, 2022, 1:38 pm

    He doesn’t have to carry, I bet his security does though.

  • Phred March 18, 2022, 12:37 pm

    Arizona State Sen. Lupe Contreras Is an elitist who thinks he governs fools. In one sense, he does….the ones that voted for him. Anyone who buys into his dogma deserves what they get.

    • Gary Feece March 19, 2022, 8:07 am

      Thank God we in Indiana don’t have many morons like Dupe. We have sent them home to hole up after the last election.

    • Tomlightfield March 19, 2022, 8:52 pm

      This guy is nothing more than a piece of common garbage!!!!!!!!

  • Ronald Taylor March 18, 2022, 12:22 pm

    That man has no right to judge anyone for carrying! We are all different and don’t get to live in a protected community! He should apologize for what he said and leave his mouth at home !

  • JSK March 18, 2022, 11:35 am

    Lying POS is what he is, Cartel connected for sure!

  • jerry March 18, 2022, 11:34 am

    Mr. Contreras, the people who should be shuttered indoors are the repeat violent offenders being released into the public!! Mr. Contreras looks like a pretty stout fellow. How would he feel if he was a 70 plus year-old senior or a small Asian woman? A guy his size could beat us to death with his fists! Just stay home? No, Mr. Contreras, we are Americans. We don’t stay home. Are you really an American, Mr. Contreras?

    • Andrew Ling March 22, 2022, 5:29 pm

      You have to remember that people (most likely dems) elected him so you need to call on the people to not vote for him again. Mr. Contreras doesn’t really care what we think. He thinks about what his rewards will be by being politically correct to those who have him under their thumbs. Bloomberg and few others comes to mind. He is obviously very confused. Most democrats are, anyways.

  • James March 18, 2022, 11:20 am

    Funny. Frankly , thanks to the Democrats in the USA we do have to be extremely careful where we can actually go. Thanks for all the lawlessness, and rapes, murders, assaults, home invasions, burglary, armed robberies, strong arm robberies, theft, destruction of public & private property…Yep the communists/socialists called Democrats have made it nearly impossible to leave your homes UNARMED! Thanks scumbags! I carry everywhere I go now…this I stared doing only 2 years ago. Before that the BLM, Antifa, the LGBTQ+ and all the other scum pushing for a utterly dystopian world!

  • James March 18, 2022, 11:13 am

    This politician completely lacks any lnteligent thoughts and should be removed from participation in our societies government. Nobody is requiring us to carry a firearm but allows a citizen to do so if they want to. The reason why the 2nd was put into constitution was to make sure that the politicians could not take over the country. You cannot rule an armed populace against their will. It was to protect us from want to be dictators like at the time we were ruled by the King of England. One of the first things implemented by want to be dictators is outlaw the possession of weapons by the population. Politicians provide nothing to the public. They provide for their self power to dictate and enhancement of their personal wellbeing. They are leaches on societies.

  • Mauser6863 March 18, 2022, 11:13 am

    None of these “Ass-Hats” get to determine what my Rights are and when I can exercise them. My Natural, God Give Rights are not granted to me by men and any limitations prescribed by law are illegal. Even if you live in a 3rd World Shit Hole, you still have these rights, even though they are denied by the EVIL that is organized government.

  • Chuck Goldsmith March 18, 2022, 11:03 am

    Yeah,just stay locked up in our homes. Criminals can run the streets with illegal guns. Maybe if the courts kept them locked up. We law abiding citizens can’t? You have it ass backwards.

  • Bob March 18, 2022, 10:50 am

    Excellent comments. If it wasnt for the great responses from my fellow americans i wouldnt be able to stomach these articles about anti constitution fools.

  • Ken March 18, 2022, 10:14 am

    If anyone should be allowed to carry its women! They are among the most vulnerable to attack among us.

    I’ve been trying to get my wife to carry for more than thirty years… she says she has me to protect her… my answer is that I am not always around… and that I wish I had her to protect me…

  • Ken March 18, 2022, 9:39 am

    I’m thinking that this bitter “lawmaker” — bitter over concealed carry laws — is confused to the point of irrationality.

    You, Sir, are the one who should be staying home instead of dishing-out unsolicited advice on how others are to live their lives. Winning an election does not make one superior, only employed . . . now go to work for the people.

  • Phil March 18, 2022, 9:31 am

    …”I’m a proud Democrat.” Translation: I’m a sleazy, deceitful, corrupt, lying human being who deceived you into electing me and I couldn’t care less about your well-being, I only care about (my) power and control over you, and (your) money. Just shut up and surrender your freedom and your money to me.”

  • Bill March 18, 2022, 9:22 am

    All politicians that do not honor or support the Constitution or their oath to do so should be kicked out of office ASAP. They are there to obey our guaranteed rights and not their own personal political agenda. The American people are entitled to exercise their inherent rights of self-protection and should shun those who would place us in danger. It’s our choice, not theirs.

  • Tom Hart March 18, 2022, 9:22 am

    So please show me where hunting is mentioned in the 2A?
    Im waiting….

  • chupakis March 18, 2022, 9:09 am

    I’m guessing the foreign lawmaker has never had to be worried about being the victim of a sexual assault (or advance, for that matter).

  • Roger March 18, 2022, 8:32 am

    Well so much for Biden, Harris, and their families having Secret Service protection. They all just need to stay home!!!
    HOW do these idiots get elected? What other rights do they want people to give up?

  • JJ March 18, 2022, 8:08 am

    This “Payaso” has to Go !!!

  • Chuck Matson March 18, 2022, 7:49 am

    Never vote for a democrat…if you want to keep your rights!

  • Ted Koch March 18, 2022, 7:44 am

    Sen. ContreraS is a total idiot, who needs to be voted out, I am so tired these Democrats trying to change our constitutional right, He’s a hypocrite and he must go

  • srsquidizen March 18, 2022, 7:43 am

    A century ago women were given the vote across these entire United States. They need to start using it to get rid of Democrat politicians like this Contreras misogynist. “Proud” Democrats like him don’t think women should be able to defend against rape, so they should just stay home as required in certain Muslim countries. Other Democrat politicians want girls to hand over their sports and even their restrooms to males claiming to be females. Ladies, vote them out in Nov. Many of guys will be voting on your side. We can do it.

  • Thoughtful March 18, 2022, 7:39 am

    Representative Contreras should NOT be allowed to own a weapon. The government of “we the people” should prevent legislators that wish to limit citizens 2nd Amendment rights from owning a gun or having public funds involved in the legislators protection in any fashion. That way, these anti 2A legislators can show us that believe that self defense is a human right can walk the walk, not just pay lip service to the 2A.

  • tim March 18, 2022, 7:35 am

    Atten; all Arizona carjackers.

  • Muleskinner March 18, 2022, 7:23 am

    Many politicians, especially Dems, have no regard for and care even less about their constituents’ lives and well-being. If you don’t like paying for artificially high fuel caused by their green new steal, buy a $60-100,000 electric car or spend tens of thousands of dollars to cover your home’s roof with solar panels. If you don’t feel safe outside your home due to their lax laws, coddling criminals and open borders inviting criminal invaders across our borders, barricade yourself inside your home have all your necessities delivered. If you can’t afford out-of-control food pruces, just eat cake. Politicians live securely in their uptown homes and gated communities, with protection paid for by taxpayers and tell us that police should be defunded.

    Politicians are not public servants but rather public parasites on the body politic, no better than lice and tics and even less deserving of their offuces. Let’s Go Brandon – and all his privileged, out of touch Corruptocrat class!

  • Arch Stanton March 18, 2022, 7:17 am

    I find it disingenuous, when these anti-gun people think that saying that they are gun owners makes them subject matter experts. Oh and he’s a hunter. Well, Sir, what the HELL does hunting have to do with self defense, National Security and the 2nd Amendment? Jackwagons

  • Let's go Brandon, FJB March 18, 2022, 6:44 am

    Liberalism is a disease in this country. Lefties should move to another country and stop effing ours up.

  • David John Branstrom March 18, 2022, 6:29 am

    You get what you vote for. Quit voting for IDIOTS

  • Alan March 18, 2022, 1:14 am

    So this woman should never go out shopping ever again and starve to death in her home . She should never go visit a relative or even travel to the Grand Canyon or Sedona in her home state. Yet the thugs get to roam free burning, looting and murdering as they wish cause the Democrats defunded the police . Your sir are a complete Moron

  • Kimball March 17, 2022, 10:29 am

    You give us open borders, release criminals form our jails, defund our police, and you want us to hide in our house? Who are you?

  • Boz March 17, 2022, 9:57 am

    No! Keep and BEAR! You don’t bear when at home, you bear when you go out.

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