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July 14, 2014

11,000 AzCDL Members!

Congratulations to all our dedicated and hard working volunteers! 

At the Tucson gun show on Sunday, July 13th, an AzCDL volunteer recruited our 11,000th member.

If you would like to be part of our winning team of volunteers, and help AzCDL become an even greater force for restoring and protecting the right to keep and bear arms in Arizona, please visit our Volunteer Page.

The more members we have committed to making a difference, the greater AzCDL’s impact at the Legislature.  By working together and making our voices heard, not only can we show the bad guys that they don’t stand a chance in Arizona, we can push through legislation that further restores and protects our rights.

June 20, 2013

Volunteering for AzCDL.

As it says in our brochures, AzCDL is an “all volunteer” grassroots organization.  Unlike the anti-rights organizations, AzCDL actually has a membership and it is growing steadily.   Nine years ago, in June 2005, we started with a handful of members.  By June of 2014, almost eleven thousand activists have joined AzCDL.  We anticipate thirteen thousand by the time the next legislative session starts.  The more members we have, the more credibility we have at the legislature.  The greater our credibility is, the greater our success. 

AzCDL’s phenomenal growth is not by accident.  Almost everyone reading this joined AzCDL because they encountered an AzCDL volunteer at a gun show.  As a result, you have seen your membership “investment” returned several fold in terms of restored rights.

The larger we grow, the more visible we become.  AzCDL volunteers are working gun shows and other events from Page to Yuma and Bullhead City to Willcox.  However, we don’t have nearly enough volunteers to effectively staff every venue.  To do that, we need your help.  As we have stated in our Legislative Alerts, if you want your rights restored, you can’t assume the “other guy” will do it for you.  Want to get more good laws passed?  Then help AzCDL grow by volunteering a few hours of your time at a gun show in your area.

Check out our Volunteer page for information about volunteering.

Scroll down the page and you’ll see upcoming events where volunteers are needed and the person to contact.

When AzCDL members volunteer, they get into the event for free.  It’s almost like being paid to volunteer!

See you at the next gun show!

June 5, 2013

Voting Records.

Wonder how your Arizona State Representatives and Senator have honored their oath of office since they were elected in 2012?

AzCDL has posted the voting records of all legislators on key pro-rights firearms bills for the 2013 and 2014 Legislative sessions on our website’s Voting Records page.

We encourage you to look them over.  You can find your State Representatives and Senator here.

May 28, 2014

AzCDL Billboard.

AzCDL has managed to acquire advertisement time on an electronic billboard in a prime Phoenix location.

For the next few weeks, travelers on I-10 just west of the I-17 interchange, one of the most heavily traveled areas in Arizona, will see AzCDL’s logo, website address and “Protecting Your Freedom” in gigantic lettering. 

In addition to bringing AzCDL to the attention of hundreds of thousands of potential new members, imagine the reaction of those anti-rights zealots who want to disarm you.  Makes you want to smile.

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

We can’t let Bloomberg win!  We urge everyone reading this to go to AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center and send an email to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett urging him to work with his state’s legislature to rein in his rogue Attorney General.  You can send the letter we have prepared as is, or you can personalize it with your own comments.

May 18, 2014

AzCDL Newsletter available online.

The AzCDL Newsletter for May 2014 is available for viewing and downloading.

Included in this issue:

  • Recap of the 2014 Legislative session.
  • Notice of AzCDL’s Annual Director Election.
  • AzCDL Political Action Committee (PAC).

May 12, 2014

Activism Raffle Winners Drawn.

As we announced in January, every AzCDL member who sent AzCDL generated emails to legislators and the Governor, using our Legislative Action Center, became eligible for a drawing for a $100 Brownells gift certificate. 

The drawing was conducted by generating a spreadsheet with the names of all who sent at least one email during the legislative session.  We used an online random sequence generator to randomly sort the spreadsheet’s row numbers next to each name.  Whoever’s row number popped up as the first number selected by the random sequence generator became the winner. 

The winner of the random drawing for a $100 Brownells gift certificate is AzCDL member James H. of Tucson.

As we also promised at the beginning of the session, we ran a second drawing for a $300 Brownell’s gift certificate.  This winning name was drawn from the list of AzCDL members who sent each and every one of the letters we asked you to send during the legislative session.  Using the same procedure outlined above, the winner of the $300 Brownells gift certificate goes to AzCDL member Alphonse B. in Phoenix.

Congratulations to our winners and we thank all of you who used AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center during the 2014 session.

May 9, 2014

Candidate Petition & Qualifying Contribution Deadline.

2014 is an election year

One of the many ways you can help your favorite candidate is by helping them get on the ballot, something you can now do without leaving home.

The Arizona Secretary of State has established a web page, E-Qual, where you can support any candidate you choose by signing their petition electronically to put them on the ballot.

You may also use
E-Qaul to make $5 qualifying contributions for Clean Elections candidates.

Time is running out! 

The deadline for signing petitions and making qualifying contributions is Thursday, May 21, 2014.

April 24, 2014

Sine Die! The Legislature has adjourned.

The Arizona Legislature officially ended their 2014 legislative session at 1:46 AM on April 24, 2014. 

To view a summary of legislation that AzCDL monitored this session, along with each bill’s final status, visit our Bill Tracking page.

SB 1366, which clarifies the definition of a firearm, still awaits a decision by the Governor.

Adjournment of the Legislature resets the “clock” for bills still under consideration by the Governor.  She now has 10 days, minus Sundays, to make a decision on bills.  For SB 1366 that equates to May 6.

The effective date for legislation signed by the Governor is July 24, ninety days after Sine Die.   The following are firearms related bills the Governor has signed this session:

HB 2103, the AzCDL-requested bill that lowers the age for CCW eligibility to 19 for those with military service.

HB 2336, that clarifies that law enforcement personnel cannot be armed and consume alcohol at licensed liquor establishments except in the performance of their duties.

HB 2443, which allows active duty military personnel stationed in Arizona to obtain hunting permits.

HB 2483, which strengthens the protection of the lawful use of firearms, air guns and archery equipment on private property.

HB 2535, which requires local law enforcement to sign required NFA transfers within 60 days after receiving a request for certification.

SB 1118, which permits criminal trespass charges for hunters refusing the leave private land after being requested to so by law enforcement acting at the request of the property owner.

SB 1266, which allows judicial officers to carry non-prohibited weapons at work with the permission of the facility’s presiding judge.

March 31, 2014

Pistol Raffle Winners Drawn.

At the Tucson gun show on Sunday, March 30, the three winning tickets for AzCDL’s latest raffles were drawn.  Each winner receives a new Glock Model 23 Gen 4 pistol.

And the winners are……

Ticket #623 belonging to AzCDL member Dennis in San Tan Valley, Arizona.
Ticket #701 belonging to AzCDL member David in Maricopa, Arizona.
Ticket #232 belonging to Vickie in Olympia, Washington.

We thank everyone who purchased a raffle ticket!  Your donations help in our fight to restore and protect your right to bear arms in Arizona.

November 16, 2013

Your emails worked!

The Arizona Daily Star is reporting that, following exposure by AzCDL, Mayor Satish Hiremath of Oro Valley has withdrawn his affiliation with anti-freedom billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG)

We thank everyone responsible for the hundreds of emails that were sent to Mayor Hiremath and the other Arizona MAIG mayors.

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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