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January 15, 2016

Legislative Update.

The 2017 Legislative session officially convened on Monday, January 9.  Over 400 bills have already been filed in the first week of the session.  Legislators have only a few more weeks to file their proposed legislation.  The final day for Senators to file bills is Monday, January 30.  For the House the final deadline is Friday, February 10.

AzCDL researches all proposed legislation for language that may impact your right to keep and bear arms.  Relevant bills, and their status, will appear on our Bill Tracking page.  In addition to providing links and basic information on legislation, we add our position along with a plain language summary and comments.

Among the bills filed this first week of the session are four from Representative Randy Friese of Tucson that punish lawful firearm possession.  Two of his bills, HB 2150, and the companion proposed ballot referendum, HCR 2009, would require all private firearms transfers to be conducted and recorded through a federal firearms licensee (FFL).  “Transfers” are more than sales, and can include loaning a gun to a friend.  The penalty for determining the fate of your private property without first begging for government permission would be a Class 5 Felony.

HB 2148 would establish a “public safety and violence prevention study” committee.  As they say, the devil is in the details.  The unstated purpose of the committee can be gleaned from the list of committee members.  One will represent a group that advocates for “gun violence prevention,” liberal-speak for “disarming law-abiding citizens.” 

HB 2149 would allow a family member or a peace officer to file a petition for a court ordered “mental health” injunction to make you a prohibited firearm possessor.  One of the indicators of being mentally unbalanced is if you purchased a firearm within the last six months.  Pretend you are a leftist.  You’re upset with Grandad because he won’t give you money for a Che Guevara tattoo.  He is always complaining about how you should get a job and that your advanced degree in Social Justice Philosophy is a waste of money.  You figure enough is enough already, so you get your mom to drive you to the court house where she helps you file a petition saying Grandad has lost it.  Since he’s an old Veteran with a gun collection, the judge agrees that Grandad must be dangerous, and he is ordered to surrender his firearms.  That’ll teach him!

With your help, we can defeat bills like these long before they get to the Governor.

January 8, 2017

Arizona’s 2017 legislative session.

The 2017 Arizona Legislative session will officially convene on Monday, January 9.  Over 1,000 new bills are expected to be filed.

AzCDL researches all proposed legislation for language that may impact your right to keep and bear arms.  Relevant bills, and their status, will appear on our Bill Tracking page.  In addition to providing links and basic information on legislation, we add our position along with a plain language summary and comments.

Our Bill Tracking page is updated daily.  We encourage you to check it regularly during the session.

The first step in the road to a bill becoming law is a committee hearing.  The deadline for hearing bills in committees in their originating chamber (House or Senate) is Friday, February 17.  That’s a little over a month from now.  It is impossible for every bill filed to get a committee hearing.  We need to make sure the bills we support get the hearing they deserve and will need your help putting pressure on the House and Senate leadership to “remember” to assign bills to committees, committee chairs to “remember” to schedule bills for hearings, and committee members to vote correctly.

January 6, 2017

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill filed.

On January 3, Representative Richard Hudson of North Carolina introduced national concealed carry reciprocity legislation.  Representative Hudson’s bill, HR 38, would require any state that allows people to carry concealed firearms to recognize permits issued by other states or allow a person to carry without a permit if they are “entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides…” (i.e., Constitutional Carry).  Where you can carry when visiting other states is still subject to their laws.

If HR 38 becomes law it appears that as a resident of Arizona you would be able to carry in any state that allows concealed carry, with or without a CCW permit, since Arizona issues permits but is also a Constitutional Carry state.
 
HR 38 contains provisions that place the burden of proof on each state to show that a person discreetly carrying a firearm did not comply with their laws.  It also provides for the award of attorney’s fees and damages to victorious plaintiffs.  However, the proposed federal law does not prevent you from being arrested in states that refuse to recognize your right to carry.  It only means that if you can get your case to federal court the law is more apt to be on your side.

A final caveat about HR 38, or any similar bill, is that once national reciprocity is covered by federal law, future congresses could amend it with virtually insurmountable permit issuance requirements in order for a state to qualify for reciprocity under federal law.

With Republicans in the control of both chambers of the federal Congress and an incoming President who supports national reciprocity we are cautiously optimistic about the success of HR 38.  We will monitor its progress and keep you informed.

December 27, 2016

Making a Difference.

The 2017 Arizona legislative session will convene on Monday, January 8.  For the past several months, we have been working with legislators on bills to further restore and protect our right to keep and bear arms.  The success of these and other pro-rights bills is largely dependent on your support and involvement.

As legislation progresses, we will call upon you to help us enlighten legislators on the importance of bills needing their support.  We cannot emphasize enough the impact of your emails on legislation. 

We make it easy for you with pre-written messages at our Legislative Action Center.  A few mouse clicks is all that is needed to make a big difference in the fate of a bill.

To demonstrate how quick and easy it is, we set up a message for you to let us know that you’ll help us in the upcoming session.  Click here to send your email to AzCDL.  After you update your contact information, click the red “Submit” button at the bottom of the form.  That will take you to the email we have prepared.  You can send the message as is or add your own comments in the “Your Message” box.  Once you are done, click on the “Submit” button below the message.

Can we count on you?  Send your email and let us know.

November 26, 2016

Unleash RTS.

The 2017 legislative session will begin on Monday, January 11.  We need to be ready to act.

For upcoming committee hearings, the best way to communicate your position on legislation is via the Request to Speak (RTS) system.  RTS comments are transmitted to each committee member and become part of the committee meeting record.  They carry more weight than an email.

It is important to note here that while it is called “Request to Speak,” registering your support or opposition on a bill does not require you to attend a hearing to testify.  That is optional.

Once your RTS account has been created, you can log in remotely like you would any other online system.  It only takes a few mouse clicks to relay your position on any bill to committee members. 

Unfortunately, RTS accounts can only be created using dedicated computer terminals at the Capitol in Phoenix or the state offices in Tucson.  If you are an AzCDL member and your membership is current, our volunteers can set up an RTS account for you at one of the Capitol terminals.  Simply reply to this email and give us your first and last name along with the email address you want to use for your RTS account.  We will create your account and provide you with your online log-in information.

Not an AzCDL member or your membership has expired?  You can join AzCDL or renew your membership
online.

Those who want to disarm you also understand the importance of RTS.  They are urging their followers to use RTS to tell legislators to defeat the same bills we will be asking you to support.  Their goal is to have every peaceful Arizona gun owner tagged, tracked and targeted for registration and confiscation.  You can defeat them by using RTS to tell committee members to support good legislation and to prevent bad bills from progressing.

Detailed instructions using RTS to register your opinions on bills are available at AzCDL’s RTS page.  As important bills are scheduled for committee hearings we will notify you via these alerts.  It only takes a few mouse clicks to make a big difference.

November 25, 2016

AzCDL’s latest newsletter available online.

The AzCDL Newsletter for November 2016 is available for viewing and downloading at our website.

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • The impact of the November election.  The battle shifts to the states.  Arizona targeted.
  • Your role in the 2017 Legislative Session.  Activism = Winning.
  • Missed the annual meeting?  Download the recordings.
  • Our latest raffle – Win one of five Model 43 Glocks.

Download your copy today!

November 11, 2016

Election Aftermath.

The election of Donald Trump as President, along with retaining Republican majorities in the House and Senate, provides an excellent opportunity at the federal level to establish a conservative majority on the Supreme Court and reverse the damage done to our rights during the Obama regime.  Unfortunately, Republicans have repeatedly shown us they are more than willing to sacrifice our rights for political perks and power, so we need to remain vigilant.  As opportunities arise to restore and protect the Second Amendment we must be ready to act and remind our Senators, Representatives and newly elected President who they work for.

The perceived buttressing of our right to keep and bear arms at the federal level also means the attack from those who want to disarm us will shift back to the state level with increased intensity.  We have already seen several setbacks from this election.

  • California voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure requiring ammunition and magazine sales to be treated like firearms, with background checks, licensing, etc.
     
  • Washington voters passed a ballot measure which allows family and household members (loosely defined) or law enforcement to go to a judge and seek an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” (ERPO) if they feel someone is at a high risk of harming themselves or others. The ERPO would prevent a person from purchasing a firearm.  In 2014 Washington passed a Bloomberg funded “universal background check” ballot measure criminalizing the private transfer of firearms.
     
  • This year Nevada voters, by less than a 1% margin, also approved a Bloomberg funded “universal background check” ballot measure.
     
  • In Maine voters narrowly rejected a Bloomberg funded “universal background check” ballot measure.

Emboldened by his success in Nevada, we expect Bloomberg to now focus almost entirely on Arizona.  All that’s needed to establish gun owner registration via “universal background checks” here is the tiniest majority of voters thinking it’s a great idea.  This is exactly what happened in Nevada. 

Don’t believe the “it won’t happen here” myth.  Polling data told the Clinton campaign that Arizona is becoming a “blue” state and voters here would help put her in the White House.  It came close to happening and they did manage to gain anti-rights votes in the state legislature.  These are the same voters who, in a couple of years, could determine whether or not you have a right to transfer your private property without government interference.   Still believe that “it won’t happen here?”

The 2018 mid-term elections are when we expect to see a Bloomberg funded “universal background check” measure on the Arizona ballot.  We need to be ready for him.   There are enough gun owners and their family members in Arizona to defeat Bloomberg.  Our challenge is to get them educated, engaged and voting.  Can we count on your help?

 

October 14, 2016

Tucson Firearms Destruction – Attorney General Investigation.

Great news!  Representative (and AzCDL member) Mark Finchem (LD 11) has asked the Arizona Attorney General to investigate the City of Tucson for the routine destruction of firearms in violation of ARS 13-3108.F.  If the Attorney General’s investigation reveals that legal action should be brought against Tucson, the city could face withholding of State Shared Revenue funds.

How is this possible, you may ask?  Thank AzCDL.

One of our main goals has been to strengthen state firearms preemption and add teeth to the law.  In 2010, we were successful in securing major improvements to the state’s firearms preemption laws, including a ban on the destruction of seized firearms.  The ban on firearms destruction was strengthened again in 2012, after cities like Tucson exploited loopholes in the wording of the law and continued to destroy firearms they obtained.  In 2013, with the passage of HB 2455, sponsored by AzCDL Life Member Representative Brenda Barton (LD 6), all remaining loopholes in the law were closed.

However, it wasn’t until this year, via the passage of Senate Bills (SB) 1266 and 1487, that cities could finally be held accountable for their continuing violation of state laws.  SB 1266 allows for injunctions, fines and civil suits when political subdivisions (e.g. cities) disregard preemption laws.  SB 1487 requires the Attorney General to investigate when one or more members of the Legislature allege that a county, city or town has violated state law or the Arizona Constitution.  If the Attorney General’s office finds that a violation has occurred, the penalty for not resolving it is a loss of state shared revenue funds.

State law requires that, with rare exceptions, firearms are to be treated as a public asset and auctioned off for the benefit of the city’s general fund.  Representative Finchem filed a public records request with the City of Tucson and uncovered the ongoing destruction of seized and surrendered firearms, some of which had significant collectable value.  In essence, the City of Tucson chose to destroy these assets and deprive the city’s taxpayers of the income that could have been realized from their sale, simply to pursue an anti-freedom agenda.  What’s next, sending impounded vehicles to the crusher because the city council wants everyone to ride buses?

We applaud Representative Finchem for his integrity in bringing Tucson’s egregious flaunting of the law to the attention of the Attorney General.  If you would like to thank him, you can either use this form or you can email him directly at mfinchem@azleg.gov.

Want to see more laws that restore and protect your right to keep and bear arms?  Please support AzCDL through your membership and donations.

October 12, 2016

Annual Meeting Audio.

We thank everyone who attended AzCDL’s Eleventh Annual Meeting of Members.  You made it a huge success!  The event sold out, with reservations from over 500 AzCDL members and their guests filing the Sheraton Crescent’s ballroom, making it necessary this year to station the silent auction and vendor tables in the foyer adjacent to the dining room.  Because almost everyone was armed (a condition we insist on in our contracts with any hotel that hosts our meetings) it was probably the safest place to be in the entire state of Arizona.

Special thanks go to our small army of dedicated volunteers who managed everything from registration to the silent auction and everything in between.  We could not have done this without you.

For those not able to attend, Charles Heller, AzCDL’s media maven and our annual meeting Master of Ceremonies, recorded the event.  We have posted key portions of his recordings of the meeting at our annual meeting page (scroll near the bottom).

AzCDL Life Member Dean Weingarten also posted his observations on AzCDL and our annual meeting on his Gun Watch blog.  We thank Dean for his support and kind words.

Next year, our annual meeting will once again be held in Tucson.  See you there!

August 18, 2016

State Department Tragets Gunsmiths.

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to eliminate your right to keep and bear arms via regulatory fiat, on July 22 the U.S. State Department declared that the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) apply to firearms modifications performed by gunsmiths, who must now pay a $2,250 annual fee if they want to stay in business.

Under ITAR, firearms are “defense articles” and anyone who engages in the business of “manufacturing” a defense article must register with the State Department.  And, “manufacturing” means just about any modification to a firearm.  Specifically it means:

  • Use of any special tooling or equipment upgrading in order to improve the capability of assembled or repaired firearms.
  • Modifications to a firearm that change round capacity.
  • The production of firearm parts (barrels, stocks, triggers, suppressors, etc.).
  • The systemized production of ammunition, including the automated loading or reloading of ammunition.
  • The machining or cutting of firearms, e.g., threading of muzzles or muzzle brake installation requiring machining, that results in an enhanced capability.
  • Rechambering firearms through machining, cutting, or drilling.
  • Chambering, cutting, or threading barrel blanks; and
  • Blueprinting firearms by machining a barrel.

Want a gunsmith to do a trigger job, thread a barrel, change out the upper on your AR, or do anything to “improve the capability” of your firearm?  If they aren’t registered with the State Department and pay that monstrous annual fee, they’ll soon face the wrath of the Obama Regime.  The unstated purpose of these regulations is to force gunsmiths, and entrepreneurs who manufacture aftermarket parts like triggers, barrels, stocks, (maybe even grip panels or magazines?), out of business.  The way the regulations are worded we’re wondering if someone who sells their reloads at gun shows might not get a visit from armed federal agents dragging them out of bed in the wee hours of the morning.

Whoever becomes our next president will determine if these regulations stay or go.  Who do you want that to be?  Elections have consequences.  Vote!

July 18, 2016

Terrorism, the Tueller Dirll and the Definition of Insanity.

Recently, our good friend Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition penned an opinion piece on the Nice “assault truck” terror attack.  His piece drew several satirical parallels to the tendency of the anti-rights zealots to immediately politicize every horrendous attack with calls to advance their citizen disarmament agenda, no matter how tenuous the connection to the reality of the event. We sent his article to our Alerts list of about 15 thousand subscribers, to largely positive feedback. However, there were a few negative responses.  “How could you be so insensitive?” some asked. “In times like these, we should remain silent, and respect the grief of the victims’ families,” others added. Still others mentioned that we should not attempt to politicize a tragedy, no matter what our opponents do. After all, we’re the good guys, right?

Is it to these folks that I address this missive. Allow me to digress for a moment …

As a NRA certified firearms instructor of some years, one of the things we try to convey to our students is “situational awareness”. If you’ve ever taken firearms training, odds are fair you may have come across something known as the Tueller Drill. In a nutshell, anyone interested in being able to defend themselves must learn how to determine how close is “too close”. During the development of the “Tueller drill”, it was determined that a bad guy armed with a knife or other contact weapon could cover a distance of 7 yards (21 feet) from a standing start in about 1.5 seconds, or about the same time that a trained individual could draw his holstered firearm and put two rounds on target. In short, a bad guy with a knife standing 21 feet or less away is “too close”.

What does that have to do with Nice and the politics of tragedy, you may ask? A fair question. The answer is that, much like in the “Tueller drill” scenario above, our opponents are already “too close”. The time to be “sensitive”, to be “silent and respectful”, to not “politicize tragedy”, has passed. The opposition will give us no such consideration. The fight is on, ladies and gentlemen. The battle has well and truly begun. In case you hadn’t noticed, these people have already made proposals ranging from removing your right to bear arms because youメre on a secret government list to front page editorials in the NY Times calling for banning entire classes of guns altogether. Much like the bad guy with the knife in hand, these people mean to do you harm. If you think they’re not serious, they you are NOT paying attention. Lack of situational awareness can and will get you in deep trouble.

Now that the bad guy is “too close”, you have to make a decision, and you have to make it quickly. You can fight, or you can let him win. Those are your only options. If he was going to negotiate with you, he wouldn’t be holding a knife. Same thing with the anti-rights zealots. If they wanted to “compromise”, they wouldn’t be talking about “gun bans” and “Australian style” gun control. People who want to talk do not hold a knife to your throat in order to get you to to do so. That isn’t “negotiation”, it’s “extortion”.

So the real question is, why do those of us on the pro-rights side keep responding to these terror attacks with the same old “quiet, respectful silence”, the same old “we won’t politicize this tragedy”, the same old “we won’t point out the idiocy of the other’s side’s arguments, because we’re the good guys” answers. It’s been said that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result each time. I submit that we need to start doing things differently if we want to see different results.

No more silence. When another one of these attacks happens, and it will, because the bad guys aren’t going away, we need to make the point loudly, clearly, and immediately, that gun control kills people. We need to boldly state, right away, that make believe “gun free zones” are just hunting grounds for terrorists and other criminals. And maybe most importantly, we need to show the opposition’s proposals for what they really are. At best, stupid, useless, feel-good but do-nothing idiocy. At worst, anti-constitutional, freedom stealing, rights restricting garbage that should get them impeached and removed from office.

Remember folks, the bad guys is in front of you, knife in hand. You must decide. Stand and fight, or hesitate and lose everything. There is no third option.

June 10, 2016

“Concealed” Carry Illegal?

On Thursday, June 9, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Peruta v. San Diego that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (the amendment that says your right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed) does not apply to “concealed” carry.  They even went so far as to say they weren’t sure that the Second Amendment allows you to open carry.

The pretzel logic used by the Ninth Circuit is a set up for a Supreme Court challenge.  With only eight justices currently on the Supreme Court, the four liberal ones will be eager to use this decision to eviscerate the Second Amendment.   It could quickly get worse.  Whoever gets elected President this November will be filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Scalia, and very likely a few more during their first term, based on the age and health of the remaining justices. 

Our next President will have the power to impact Supreme Court decisions for decades.  Remember this when you vote in November.  Sitting out this election is in reality a vote for someone who is most likely going to appoint hard core socialists to the Court.  Not voting is surrendering.

While Ninth Circuit rulings apply to Arizona at the federal level, because the Arizona Constitution also protects your right to bear arms, this ruling, and even the Second Amendment itself, have virtually no impact on Arizona state firearm laws.  However, that doesn’t mean your rights can’t be attacked and undermined at the state level. 

Like the Ninth Circuit did on June 9, an Arizona appellate court in 1990 ruled that, despite the Arizona Constitution saying that your right to bear arms shall not be impaired, you do not have a right to carry “concealed.”  The Arizona Supreme Court declined to review the ruling, making it the law in Arizona.  In 1994, the Arizona Legislature, instead of simply affirming that you have a right to carry openly or discreetly, declared that if you expected your clothing to cover your firearm you were required to undergo training, testing, fingerprinting and a background check to apply for the privilege to carry “concealed.”  In 2010, AzCDL was successful in restoring your right to carry without begging for government permission. 

While the Arizona Constitution prevents the Peruta ruling from impacting us in Arizona, it won’t protect us if the federal government criminalizes the private transfer of firearms. There is at least one candidate for President who has clearly stated their intention to do just that.  Maybe that’s why Bloomberg has not attempted a ballot measure in Arizona this year?  If the national election goes the way he wants it to, he won’t need to conquer Arizona.  The feds will do it for him.  Only you can prevent this from happening.  Vote in November!

May 13, 2016

Legislative Recap.

The 2016 Legislative session is officially over.

In addition to stopping almost a dozen bad firearms related bills from progressing through the Legislature, AzCDL was instrumental in getting the following bills through both chambers of the Legislature and to the Governor’s desk where they were signed into law.

HB 2224, the AzCDL-requested bill that prohibits state or local governments from requiring any fee, tax, etc. on the private transfer of firearms.

HB 2338, the AzCDL-requested bill that prohibits the governing boards of educational institutions from banning firearms on public rights of way, such as city streets and sidewalks that happen to pass through campuses.

SB 1266 puts teeth into the preemption statutes by allowing for civil actions when state agencies, counties, cities, etc. disregard the law.

SB 1487 requires the Arizona Attorney General to investigate local ordinances that violate Arizona’s Constitution or state law.

For several years we have been pushing legislation to end Arizona’s official policy of allowing armed criminals to enter government buildings through the use of impotent “no weapons” signs as their only means of security.  As long as the bad guys can come and go at will in public facilities, we believe all law-abiding citizens should be able to protect themselves.  This year’s bill was SB 1257 which said in essence that if state and local governments’ only means of security was a cardboard sign, then CCW permit holders should not be disarmed when entering.  At the request of the Governor’s staff, SB 1257 was amended in the House.  However seeing that the bill only needed one more floor vote to pass out of the Legislature, his staff then lobbied the Senate to kill the bill.  We learned our lesson – cooperating with this Governor is not necessarily a good thing.

We were able to get this year’s version of our interstate firearms compact bill, HB 2524, through both chambers of the Legislature but it was vetoed by Governor Ducey.  You may recall that last year, after Bloomberg’s lobbyists appeared at the Capitol, the compact bill was buried in the Senate Rules Committee while the clock ran out on the session.

HB 2524 would have established an interstate compact between Arizona and other states that prevented the member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements more restrictive than existing federal law.  Enactment of HB 2524 would have neutralized Bloomberg’s ballot measure to criminalize private firearms transfers, which he has promised to file in Arizona.

September 16, 2015

Arizona rated best state for Concealed Carry - Again!

Once again, Guns and Ammo magazine rated Arizona as the #1 state for gun owners, this time for Concealed Carry laws.

States were rated on their concealed carry laws using the following criteria:

  • Method of Permit Issuance.  With Constitutional Carry, Arizona received the maximum score.
     
  • Reciprocity.  Arizona recognizes permits issued by all other states and most states recognize Arizona’s permits.
     
  • Training Time.  With Constitutional Carry, Arizona received the maximum score.
     
  • Application Fee. With Constitutional Carry, Arizona received the maximum score.
     
  • Stand Your Ground / Castle Doctrine.  Again, Arizona received the maximum score.
     
  • Best States for Gun Owners” rating.  Since Arizona was top rated by Guns and Ammo magazine 3 years in a row, we received the maximum score.
     
  • Duty to Inform.  Arizona has no requirement to immediately inform law enforcement that a person is carrying.
     
  • Preemption.  Even though we feel there is room for improvement, Arizona received a top score when compared to other states.
     
  • Nonresident Permit Issuance.  Another maximum score for Arizona.

All you need to do is look at AzCDLメs accomplishments to see why we are consistently rated #1 for gun owners.

We are proud that AzCDL’s efforts, with your support, have again garnered this high rating for Arizona from such a prestigious publication.  However, from our perspective, there is a lot more that needs to be done to make Arizona truly a free state when it comes to honoring your constitutionally protected right to bear arms.  With your continued support we can achieve that goal.

July 23, 2015

Arizona rated best state for gun owners - again!

For the THIRD consecutive year Guns and Ammo magazine has rated Arizona as the #1 state for gun owners.

States were measured by the following criteria:

  • Right To Carry.
  • Treatment of military style rifles (ARs, AKs, etc.).
  • Treatment of Class 3/NFA firearms.
  • Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground.
  • Miscellaneous issues such as constitutional protections, restrictions on gun or ammo purchases, magazine capacity, CCW reciprocity, etc.

Arizona’s three year #1 rating is because of what AzCDL has accomplishedPrior to AzCDL’s involvement, the national pro-rights firearms organizations were content with the status quo in Arizona. 

Arizona’s CCW system was onerous and discouraged applications.  Permits were only good for 4 years and required training, testing and additional fingerprinting to renew.  Court cases narrowed the interpretation of open carry to a point where the only way to safely openly carry your firearm and avoid arrest was by having a CCW permit.   In self-defense situations, the burden of proof was on YOU to prove your innocence – after you admitted to the “crime.”  Firearms preemption was Balkanized.  Cities like Tucson were able to ban firearms in their parks.  Castle doctrine and “no duty to retreat” laws were weak.

AzCDL was created by a handful of activists who were not content with the status quo.  AzCDL was established in  2005.  That same year we experienced our first legislative success.  By 2010 we made history with Constitutional Carry.  CCW permits are now optional and the process to obtain a permit is more realistic.  Arizona permits are recognized in the majority of states.  Arizona is also one of the few states that recognize all permits from all states – again thanks to AzCDL. 

Because of AzCDL’s efforts, you are now “innocent until proven guilty” when defending yourself.   Firearms preemption has been strengthened.  Sheriffs can’t drag their feet on NFA applications – Arizona has a “shall sign” statute.  We were even successful in getting the Arizona Constitution changed to protect law-abiding citizens from law suits when they defend themselves.  Visit our Accomplishments and Why AzCDL web pages to learn more about what AzCDL has accomplished.

We are proud that AzCDL’s efforts, with the support of our members, have again garnered this high rating for Arizona from such a prestigious publication.  However, from our perspective, there is a lot more that needs to be done to make Arizona truly a free state when it comes to honoring your constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.  With your continued support we can achieve that goal.

June 19, 2015

Nevada recognizes Arizona CCW permits again.

Effective June 17, 2015 Nevada began recognizing CCW permits issued by Arizona.

This came about from two bills, SB 175 and AB 488, recently passed by the Nevada legislature and signed into law by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

SB 175 requires the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) to determine if states issuing CCW permits require training in addition to having an accessible database to determine CCW Permit validity.  Arizona meets both requirements.

AB 488 amended the law further to remove the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association from the permit recognition decision making process.  Sole authority now rests with the Nevada DPS. 

Per the new law, DPS will conduct their review annually, prior to July 1.

December 22, 2014

Gilbert allows discreet carry in city buildings.

From the Arizona Republic.  By a 6 to 1 vote, the town council of Gilbert recently passed an ordinance allowing CCW permit holders to discreetly carry their firearms in city owned buildings.  Those without permits may still be asked to place their firearms in a storage locker. 

We applaud Councilman Victor Petersen for proposing the new procedure, and thank Mayor John Lewis and the Gilbert Council members who voted for passage of the new ordinance.  It’s a great move in the right direction towards eliminating victim disarmament zones.

We encourage other Arizona municipalities to follow Gilbert’s lead.

September 27, 2014

Arizona rated best state for Concealed Carry!

Once again, Guns and Ammo magazine rated Arizona as the #1 state for gun owners, this time for Concealed Carry laws.

States were rated on their concealed carry laws using the following criteria:

  • Method of Issuance.  With Constitutional Carry, Arizona received the maximum score of 25 points
     
  • Reciprocity.  Based on the states that recognize Arizona’s permit and Arizona’s universal recognition of other states’ permits, we received an 18 out of a possible 20 points.
     
  • Training Time.  With Constitutional Carry, Arizona received 10 out of a possible 10 points.
     
  • Application Fee. With Constitutional Carry, Arizona received 5 out of a possible 5 points.
     
  • Stand Your Ground / Castle Doctrine.  10 out of a possible 10 points.
     
  • Best States for Gun Owners” rating.  Since Arizona was top rated by Guns and Ammo magazine 2 years in a row, we received the maximum 10 points.
     
  • Duty to Inform.  Arizona has no requirement to immediately inform law enforcement that a person is carrying, giving us 5 out of a possible 5 points.
     
  • Preemption.  Even though we feel there is room for improvement, Arizona received a top score of 5 when compared to other states.
     
  • Nonresident Permit Issuance.  5 out of a possible 5.
  • A “perfect” score in this rating was 95 points.  Because Arizona has Constitutional Carry we received the maximum score in all relevant categories.  Our total score of 93 reflects the inequity of recognition and reciprocity laws of other states. 

All you need to do is look at AzCDL’s accomplishments to see why we are consistently rated #1 for gun owners.

We are proud that AzCDL’s efforts, with your support, have again garnered this high rating for Arizona from such a prestigious publication.  However, from our perspective, there is a lot more that needs to be done to make Arizona truly a free state when it comes to honoring your constitutionally protected right to bear arms.  With your continued support we can achieve that goal.

May 25, 2014

Arizona rated best state for gun owners - again!

For the second year in a row, Guns and Ammo magazine rated Arizona as the #1 state for gun owners.

States were measured on “gun rights/friendliness to gun owners” by the following criteria:

  • CCW/Open Carry laws.
  • Treatment of military style rifles (ARs, AKs, etc.).
  • Treatment of Class 3/NFA firearms.
  • Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground.
  • Miscellaneous issues like constitutional protections, restrictions on gun or ammo purchases, magazine capacity, CCW reciprocity, etc.
     

All you need to do is look at AzCDLメs accomplishments to see why we are rated #1.

We are proud that AzCDL’s efforts, with your support, have again garnered this high rating for Arizona from such a prestigious publication.  However, from our perspective there is a lot more that needs to be done to make Arizona truly a free state when it comes to honoring your constitutionally protected right to bear arms.

With your continued support we can achieve that goal.

May 23, 2014

Pennsylvania Reciprocity.

While AzCDL primarily focuses on restoring and protecting the right to keep and bear arms in Arizona, there are times to pitch in and help with problems elsewhere, particularly when they can impact us here at home.

Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, has taken it upon herself to ignore the statutory limits on her power and has begun a campaign of modifying, and in some cases canceling, longstanding firearms reciprocity agreements with other states. 

Idaho and Utah permits are no longer recognized in Pennsylvania.  Agreements with Arizona, Florida and Virginia have been modified.  In Arizona’s case this has nothing to do with Arizona law but does impact Pennsylvania residents with Arizona CCW permits. 

This is nothing more than rights restrictions by stealth.  Per Pennsylvania Gun Rights, Ms. Kane received large contributions from a Super PAC funded by former New York Mayor Bloomberg and ran on a “gun control” platform.  .

March 18, 2013

Arizona rated best state for gun owners!

Guns and Ammo magazine recently rated all the states on how they treat the right to bear arms. 
Arizona was rated #1.

States were measured on “gun rights/friendliness to gun owners” by the following criteria:

  • CCW/Open Carry laws.
  • Treatment of “sporting” rifles (ARs, AKs, etc.).
  • Treatment of Class 3/NFA firearms.
  • Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground.
  • Miscellaneous issues like restrictions on gun or ammo purchases, magazine capacity, CCW reciprocity, etc.

All you need to do is look at AzCDL’s accomplishments to see why we are rated #1.

We are proud that AzCDL’s efforts, with your support, have garnered this high rating for Arizona from such a prestigious publication.  However, from our perspective there is a lot more that needs to be done to make Arizona truly a free state when it comes to honoring your constitutionally protected right to bear arms.  With your continued support we can achieve that goal.

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