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July 3, 2015

Have you voted for AzCDL?

Last week we sent out an alert about Lucky Gunner, an online ammunition retailer, offering to distribute almost $112,000 awarded by the court in a judgement against the Brady Center, to pro-rights organizations based on the percentage of votes cast by supporters at their website.

We thank everyone who took the time to vote for AzCDL.  At last count 2,283 votes were cast for AzCDL.  We are in sixth place. The Virginia Citizens Defense League has the lion’s share of votes (10%) with almost 5,000 votes.

This alert is being sent to over 13,000 subscribers.  Show our friends and colleagues in the pro-gun community the extent of Arizona’s commitment to our right to keep and bear arms.  Vote for AzCDL!
 
To show your support for AzCDL, all you need to do is visit the Lucky Gunner polling page, click on the circle next to the Arizona Citizens Defense League (#2 on the alphabetical listing), then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Submit Your Vote” button.  Three easy clicks of your mouse.  You do not need to sign in, create an account, leave any personal information, or make any donation.

Voting will end on August 1.  Please note that the voting results are not displayed instantaneously.  However, they are updated almost daily.

July 1, 2015

Obama joins Bloomberg in attacking your rights.

For those who think what happened in Washington and Oregon won’t happen here, this is a reality check.  In addition to Bloomberg spending millions to disarm you, President Obama’s well organized and heavily funded “Organizing for Action” (OFA) is also pushing real hard to take your guns away.  Below is an email recently sent to OFA supporters in Arizona.


From: Barack Obama <info@barackobama.com>
Date:06/28/2015 1:38 PM (GMT-07:00)

Subject: The fight to prevent gun violence - your voice matters.

We've had to come together as a nation too many times to mourn after horrific acts of gun violence. And right now, it's not good enough simply to show sympathy.

We need to acknowledge that there's more work to do -- that these tragedies have become far too commonplace. This is a conversation that folks need to have, and organizers like you are the ones who will move it forward.

People across the country are stepping up, and OFA supporters and volunteers are working to prevent gun violence state by state and city by city -- join their fight today.

As we take the time to heal in the shadow of this most recent tragedy, we have to ask ourselves what more we can do as individuals and communities to prevent guns from getting into the hands of dangerous individuals.

The lack of movement in Congress on this issue is incredibly frustrating. But their refusal to act won't stop progress. Because of organizers like you, states like Washington and Oregon have introduced successful restrictions on gun purchases, like common-sense background checks.

No single reform will eliminate violence. But we can't give up, or act like this is some kind of new normal. We have to make progress where we can, and OFA and other groups have a real path forward.

There's much more to do -- so join OFA in working for it:
https://my.barackobama.com/Stand-Against-Gun-Violence

I'm not giving up, and I hope you won't either. Every voice is important.

Thank you,
Barack Obama


Notice the comments about Washington and Oregon in the President’s message?  Here is an excerpt from a similar message posted on the Everytown website in November of last year:

“The background check victory in Washington State also represents a new frontier in the fight for public safety measures that can help prevent gun violence.  Everytown is taking the fight for background checks to Nevada next, where signatures for a 2016 ballot initiative are due next week, and to Arizona, Maine and Oregon.” (emphasis added).

Organizing for America was formerly Obama for America, the President’s campaign site.   Change the name, keep the initials and the web address, and you turn a campaign tool into a propaganda machine.  Remember when President Obama said he can use his phone and pen to get around Congress and accomplish his goals?  OFA is part of that.

Bloomberg’s money and effort have successfully brought gun owner registration into Washington and Oregon.  He is already crowing about Nevada, and has announced that he is targeting Arizona.  And now, we have the President of the United States, speaking through OFA, also bragging about Washington and Oregon and banging the drum about expanding to more states.  See the connection?  Believe they aren’t working together?  Still think it won’t happen in Arizona?

For those who have been paying attention to what has already happened in Washington and Oregon, is happening now in Nevada, and will soon happen in Arizona, have you seen any white knights riding in to save the day?  The reality is that national pro-rights gun groups will not win this battle for us.  It is primarily up to Arizona’s gun owners to take the lead in defeating Bloomberg’s, and the Administration’s, effort to disarm us.  Together, we CAN do this!

You have two choices.  You can pretend it will never happen here, or you can accept the fact that you are being targeted by a very powerful billionaire working with the President of the United States to destroy your right to keep and bear arms, and you can get angry, very angry, and fight back!

For those who believe in fighting to preserve our freedom, there are several things you can do right now:

  • If you are not a member, join AzCDL today!  You can join for less than the average price of a box of ammo.  Which is more important, a box of ammo or preserving the right to buy that ammo? 
     
  • If your membership has expired, or will soon expire, simply renewing your membership will help us immensely.
     
  • Consider upgrading your membership.  All membership donations apply towards a life membership.
     
  • Volunteer to help us spread to word at the AzCDL table at gun shows and other events.  You don’t need to be the world’s best salesman, just someone who believes in what we are doing and is willing to help out for a few hours.
     
  • Spread the word to others!  It doesn’t cost anything to get these Alerts.  Tell your friends to sign up to our Alerts list.
     
  • We have a big supply of “rack cards” with info about the coming gun owner registration effort that we hand out at gun shows.  If you would like some to give out, or can keep your local gun or sporting goods store equipped with a display stand full of AzCDL material, we’ll keep you well stocked.

The above list is just a start.  The next legislative session will most likely be our last opportunity to defeat Bloomberg before he gets his gun owner registration scheme on the ballot.  Sitting it out is not an option if you value your rights.  And, we will need all hands on deck to defeat Bloomberg’s ballot measure during the next election.  Can we count on you?

June 26, 2015

Vote for AzCDL!

Lucky Gunner, an online ammunition retailer, was recently awarded an $111,971.10 judgement against the Brady Center.  Lucky Gunner has graciously offered to distribute the money they receive to pro-rights organizations based on the percentage of votes cast by supporters.  Voting will run through August 1.

To show your support for AzCDL, all you need to do is visit the Lucky Gunner polling page, click on the circle next to the Arizona Citizens Defense League (#2 on the alphabetical listing), then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Submit Your Vote” button.  You do not need to sign in, create an account, leave any personal information, or make any donation.

This message will reach over 15,000 subscribers.  More than enough to put AzCDL in the #1 spot.  Let us know that you support us by voting for AzCDL in the Lucky Gunner poll.   The greater our vote count, the greater the donation we will receive. 

Voting will end on August 1.  Please note that the voting results are not displayed instantaneously.  However, they are updated several times a week.

Vote for AzCDL today!  And, be sure to forward this message to your friends and family.

We have a tough fight ahead of us.  In 2014, Bloomberg pushed through a ballot measure in Washington that classified handing a gun to someone else as a crime unless all your information was first turned over to a federally licensed dealer.  A few weeks ago, the Oregon legislature passed a similar bill that their Governor quickly signed.  In Nevada, Bloomberg was successful in qualifying a basically identical gun owner registration scheme for the 2016 ballot.  Here in Arizona, Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety was influential in defeating AzCDL-requested legislation during the 2015 session that would have thwarted their plans.  They will be back with a vengeance in 2016, this time on the offensive with a ballot measure targeting your rights.  Your vote in this contest will help us fight the coming battles.

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.

June 15, 2015

Congratulations Raffle Winners.

On Sunday, June 14, four winning tickets were drawn for AzCDL’s AR-15 pistol raffles.

Each qualified winner will receive a custom built AR-15 pistol built by Forward Operating Base in Phoenix, Arizona.  AzCDL’s logo is laser etched on the lower of each pistol.

And the winning tickets are  99, 860, 1252, 1576.

All winners have been notified.  We thank everyone who purchased a raffle ticket.  Your donations help us in our fight to restore and protect your right to bear arms in Arizona.

Our next raffle will be starting soon.  It will be for four Ruger LC9s striker fired 9mm pistols.  Each ticket will represent four chances to win.  Only 1,000 tickets will be printed. Keep an eye on our online store.  Tickets will also be available at gun shows and other events where AzCDL has a table.

June 5, 2015

Volunteers Wanted.

As it says in our brochures, AzCDL is an “all volunteer” grassroots organization.  Almost everyone reading this joined AzCDL because they encountered an AzCDL volunteer at an event where AzCDL has a table.  As a result, you have seen your membership “investment” returned several fold in terms of restored rights.

We are looking for volunteers to help us at the AzCDL recruiting table during the “Too Broke For Sturgis” rally being held at the Mormon Lake Lodge, east of Sedona, from June 11 through June 14.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Drake.

Visit 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 event!.

May 30, 2015

Fund Raising Challenge.

We thank everyone who has purchased raffle tickets for the four custom built AR-15 pistols.  We still have about 200 tickets left.  The drawing is on June 14, only a couple of weeks away.  Some of the remaining tickets will be made available at upcoming gun shows, the rest will be sold online.

AzCDL is running two concurrent raffles, for a total of four identical custom-made AR-15 pistols.  Each raffle ticket represents two chances to win.  The pistols are custom built by Forward Operating Base in Phoenix.  AzCDL’s logo is laser etched on the lower of each pistol.

To help AzCDL fight the coming Bloomberg push for gun owner registration in Arizona, the Liberty Haven Foundation (Arizona) has offered to match the next $2,000 in donations made to AzCDL through June 15.  All you need to do is go to AzCDL’s online store, scroll down to the “Donate to AzCDL” item and make a $10 or larger donation.  The first $2,000 in donations will be matched dollar for dollar.

Another way you can help AzCDL is by simply renewing your membership.  If you’re not sure when your membership is due to expire (or if it has expired), simply reply to this email or contact Fred (treasurer@azcdl.org) and we’ll gladly look it up for you.

And, unlike other organizations, AzCDL membership donations accumulate towards a Life Membership.  Many of our longtime supporters are within reach of a life membership.  If you would like to upgrade to Life Member, let Fred (treasurer@azcdl.org) know. 

We have a tough fight ahead of us.  In 2014, Bloomberg pushed through a ballot measure in Washington that classified handing a gun to someone else as a crime unless all your information was first turned over to a federally licensed dealer.  A few weeks ago, the Oregon legislature passed a similar bill that their Governor quickly signed.  In Nevada, Bloomberg was successful in qualifying a basically identical gun owner registration scheme for the 2016 ballot.  Here in Arizona, Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety set up shop two years ago.  They were influential in defeating AzCDL-requested legislation during the 2015 session that would have thwarted their plans.  They will be back with a vengeance in 2016, this time on the offensive with a ballot measure targeting your rights.

We need your support to keep Arizona free.  Can we count on you?  Please, donate today and have your donation matched.

May 12, 2015

Independence Day Rifle Match – Shooters Wanted.

Celebrate Independence Day in a way that would make the Founding Fathers proud!

You are invited to participate in the Tenth Annual AzCDL Independence Day Rifle Match on Saturday, July 4, 2015. 

This year, the match is once again being hosted by the Rio Salado Sportsmanメs Club

The match is limited to 60 shooters, but there is still time to make a reservation if you act now.

Match information, location, rules and reservations can be found at AzCDLメs website.

Entry fee is $60 and includes a free AzCDL Basic Annual membership.
If you are already an AzCDL member, your membership will be extended for an additional year.
 
You may apply and pay at AzCDL’s online store (scroll to bottom of store).

Spend the day like a true patriot by exercising your rights, supporting a good cause, and having FUN!

All questions should be directed to the Match Director: 3gun@rsscaz.com.  

May 7, 2015

AzCDL Newsletter available online.

The AzCDL Newsletter for May 2015 is available for viewing and downloading at our website.

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • A recap of the legislative session, along with some insight on the legislative shenanigans that scuttled many pro-rights firearms bill.
     
  • A call for legislators willing to stand up for your right to keep and bear arms.
     

May 3, 2015

12,000 AzCDL Members.

Congratulations to all our dedicated and hard working volunteers!   At the Pima County Fair near the end of April, AzCDL volunteers recruited our 12,000th member.

We’ve come a long way in ten years.   AzCDL was formed in 2005 when seven activists decided to do something about the loss of the right to bear arms in Arizona.  Our first meeting was in March.  By June AzCDL was officially formed.  Four of the original founders became AzCDL’s first directors.  That same year we experienced our first success at the legislature.  Five years later, in 2010, among many other accomplishments, we were successful in achieving Constitutional Carry in Arizona.  The right to carry openly or discreetly without begging permission from government bureaucrats was restored.

Because of our success, Arizona has become the “brass ring” for gun grabbers.  Not only do we have Constitutional Carry, but Guns and Ammo magazine has twice declared Arizona as the number one state for gun owners.  We are now the main target of Bloomberg’s campaign to achieve universal gun owner registration.

We can win the coming fight, but only with your involvement and activism:
 

  • If you are not a member, we urge you to join AzCDL.  AzCDL is fiercely independent.  We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive any money from, any national or local organization.  No sugar daddies.  No New York billionaires.  We rely solely on membership donations to pay for all of our expenses, such as two full time lobbyists at the Capitol and advanced services like our Legislative Action Center.
     
  • If you are an existing member, please consider upgrading your membership when you renew.  Our policy is to apply all membership donations towards a life membership. 
     
  • During the legislative session, use our Legislative Action Center to contact your legislators and the Governor.  This tool has played a key role in our success.   A few mouse clicks translates into major activism.  Last session over 4,000 activists generated over 20,000 emails.  We thank all of you who participated.  However, that number only represents a fraction of those subscribing to our alerts.  Imagine the impact if everyone participated?
     
  • Help us spread the word.  Please share these emails with your freedom loving friends and family.  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.

April 27, 2015

Bloomberg targets Arizona.

In 2014, Washington state voters passed the Bloomberg financed I-594 “universal background check” ballot measure achieving gun owner registration in the Evergreen State.  Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety bragged about spending more than $4 Million, with a paid staff of 6, to push I-594.  Again, 6 full-time employees with a budget of $4 Million focused on a single goal – gun owner registration in Washington.  Overall, Bloomberg and his billionaire buddies sank over $10 Million into the passage of I-594.   The “gun lobby” spent only a fraction of that in opposition of I-594.

In early 2015 the battleground shifted to Nevada and Oregon.  In Nevada, Bloomberg managed to meet the requirements to get a gun owner registration measure on the 2016 ballot.  In Oregon, the anti-rights majority in the Legislature is fast-tracking a gun owner registration bill.  It is expected to be signed by their governor.

Arizona is Bloomberg’s ultimate target!  We have Constitutional Carry and have twice been declared the number one state for gun owners by Guns and Ammo magazine.  As in Washington and Nevada, Bloomberg will exploit the Arizona Constitution's citizens’ initiative” process to get a gun owner registration measure on the 2016 ballot. 

Make no mistake about this.  Bloomberg is in Arizona.  His Mayors Against Illegal Guns registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2013.  In December 2014, this entity changed its name to the Everytown For Gun Safety Action Fund.  This is the same organization that spent $4 Million in Washington last year.

During the 2015 legislative session, Bloomberg-friendly legislators filed 4 virtually identical bills to establish gun owner registration in Arizona.  We were able to stop these bills early in the session.   However, when Everytown got wind of HB 2431, the AzCDL-requested interstate compact bill that would have put a stake through the heart of Bloomberg’s pending ballot measure, they hired the Dorn Policy Group to lobby against your rights.  They were successful in getting the Senate Leadership to stall progress on HB 2431 while the clock ran out on the session.

The 2015 legislative session was just a taste of what we are facing.  There will be a gun owner registration measure on Arizona’s 2016 ballot unless we stop it.  We can defeat Bloomberg in the legislature, and at the ballot box, but only with your active involvement.  There are enough gun owners in Arizona to defeat Bloomberg’s ballot measure.  Spread the word.  Tell your friends!  Volunteer to help at gun shows.  Join AzCDL.  Renew your memberships.

April 20, 2015

Volunteers Wanted.

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.   Ten years ago, in June 2005, we started with a handful of activists.  By April of 2015, almost twelve thousand more activists 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 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.

Go to 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!

If you live in the Kingman area, check out the Arizona Freedom Fest on May 1-3 at Shots Ranch.  AzCDL will be there.  We are also looking for at least one volunteer in Kingman to serve as the local AzCDL Event Coordinator.  If you are interested please contact Fred at treasurer@azcdl.org .

April 11, 2015

Legislative Update.

Good news!  This week, Governor Ducey signed two more firearms related bills.

On April 6, the Governor signed HB 2399 (Rep. Franklin Pratt, LD-8) that adds hunter harassment to the list of crimes that can suspend or revoke a hunting license.

On April 9, the Governor signed SB 1189 (Senator Kelli Ward, LD-5), which will allow for the restoration of the right to keep and bear arms when certain convictions are set aside.

Still awaiting a decision by the Governor is HB 2407 (Rep. David Stevens, LD-14), which would require strict compliance for the ballot measure requirements (signatures, dates, etc.).  With Bloomberg’s gun owner registration ballot measure coming to Arizona, this bill is important.

Comments on HB 2407 can be left at the Governor’s website.  The status and summaries of bills that AzCDL monitored this session can be found on our Bill Tracking page.  

We thank those who have forwarded Senator Steve Pierce’s comments on HB 2320 to us.  HB 2320 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would have exempted CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons.  We have formally replied to the assertions made by Senator Pierce.  A copy has been posted on AzCDL’s Latest News page.

Now that the 2015 Legislative Session has ended, our immediate focus will be on stopping Bloomberg’s gun owner registration plans for Arizona.   Stay tuned and get ready to fight for your rights!

April 5, 2015

HB 2320 - Letter to Senator Steve Pierce.

Senator Pierce,

I’m writing on behalf of the Board and members of the Arizona Citizens Defense League in response to a note you have apparently been sending out regarding your vote on HB 2320 (Rep. Brenda Barton, LD-6) during the Senate Committee of the Whole hearing on March 30, 2015. Given your contention that we are “sending out incomplete information,” we feel it necessary to address your assertions in detail, and to inform you that this response will be shared publicly.

As you should be aware, HB 2320 would have exempted those with a valid permit issued pursuant to ARS 13-3112 from being disarmed in a public establishment or event unless the establishment or event screened for weapons, and was equipped with accessible storage.

Under current law, all a public establishment or event need do to ban the carrying of firearms is post “No Firearms” signs and provide readily available storage.  This has had the perverse effect of disarming the law-abiding while allowing those with no respect for the law to remain armed at will. Under the proposed bill, CCW holders’ firearms couldn’t be banned unless conditions were met that actually ensured that an armed person could not enter undetected. If we truly want to keep weapons out of public buildings, we should do something more than post a sign and pretend that criminals pay attention to it.

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee analysis that you are selectively quoting from is very clear that “the bill may increase agency costs if it chooses to ban firearms …” Please note that JLBC said “may” and “if”, where you specifically choose to misquote them and say “would have” instead. Please see the attached actual copy of the JLBC Fiscal Note, with the pertinent sections highlighted for your convenience, as proof of who is correct in their assertions.

AzCDL has maintained from the bill’s introduction that there is no mandate imposed on any agency or political subdivision, but rather a simple choice. If these public institutions choose to forbid CCW permit holders from carrying their self-defense tools, then they should install proper security measures to ensure that anyone carrying a weapon is kept out, especially the bad guys. We have also acknowledged that doing so would come with a cost. However, simply taking down the ineffective signs and allowing CCW permit holders to carry unmolested would not cost a dime. As you can see from the actual language of the JLBC analysis attached, they agreed. As they plainly state in the highlighted portions, the cost would only be incurred if an agency chooses to ban firearms.

Research by Dr. John Lott at the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that CCW permit holders are among the most law-abiding members of society (see “Guns and the New York Times: Why shouldn't Americans be able to defend themselves?”), even more so than police officers, representing just a tiny fraction of criminal offenses. Like police officers, they are far more likely to obey the law than society at large. Here in Arizona, with 231,931 active CCW permits as of 3/22/15, only 3402 (1.47% of active) have been suspended, and only 1165 (0.50% of active) revoked, since the inception of the CCW permit program on 9/8/94 (source: http://www.azdps.gov/Services/Concealed_Weapons/Statistics/). Note also that these numbers do not reflect either potential later reinstatements or total number of permits issued. In short, they appear to be worrying about the wrong people.

You and your GOP colleagues who joined you in voting with the Democrats against this simple choice should have been fully aware of this information. You were informed via multiple communications from me, and by several hundred emails from AzCDL members (our system has recorded over two hundred sent to you from your district alone). The fact that you chose not to listen to your constituents, and then tried to hide behind a clear misrepresentation of a legislative staff analysis, does not then become a reason to cast aspersions on a group that works hard every day to represent their interests.

As to your assertion that this bill was not supported by NRA, a brief perusal of the Arizona State Legislature Web Application System’s Bill Status Inquiry page for HB 2320 shows Daniel Reid, NRA-ILA’s Arizona State Liaison, signed in FOR the bill, as well as Todd Rathner, also signed in FOR on behalf of the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association, the NRA’s official Arizona state affiliate. Todd, as you are probably aware, is also a member of NRA’s Board of Directors. That information took just seconds for me to pull up on the Internet, and I’m not even a Senator. I will leave it to them to discuss with you to what degree they supported the bill, and your resulting vote, when it comes time for them to rate the legislature.

Last, but certainly not least, is the question of your AzCDL membership. Our records show that your Basic Annual Membership expired this past October. Your voting history, and the fact that you are currently the only member of the Republican caucus with an “F” rating from AzCDLPAC (although, given the recent course of some of your colleagues, you may have some company soon), coupled with your obvious dissatisfaction with our position on bills like this one, leads us to believe that it would be best for all concerned if we did not accept any further renewals from you. All things considered, you need not be concerned with identifying yourself as an AzCDL member any longer.

As always, we are available to answer any questions or address any other issues you may have. Thank you for your time and attention. Best regards.

Sincerely,

Dave Kopp
President

Arizona Citizens Defense League


(Senator Pierce’s email on HB 2320)

Thank you for your note. I think you deserve an explanation for my vote on this bill.  I know it will not convince you otherwise but you need to know the facts.

I have more guns than most legislators and keep them where I need them.  I support our Second Amendment rights more than most and Ill remind you that this was not a bill pushed by the NRA.  They would have supported it but they were not pushing it saying they had to have it.  Apparently, the AZCDL, which I am a member of, has sent out incomplete information about this bill.  Here are facts from JLBC that does the research on what a bill will do.

For the State of Arizona it would have initially cost in the first year, $10.0 million to $16.9 million for only the state buildings under the Arizona Department of Administration control.  Then each year thereafter, it would have been an additional $9.4-$15.7 million assuming 2-4 doors per building. This is just the State of Arizona costs.

Counties were another story.  In Maricopa county alone, with over 375 buildings, it would have cost $47 million in ongoing costs and an additional $9.0 million in one-time equipment costs.

Cities were also at risk of spending millions of dollars they need for other things.

I am from LD1.  Many email are from everywhere but LD1.  My own Board of Supervisors, Courts, Cities were saying they could not afford the expense.  Why is it ok for me to say you have to find the money when the State cannot even find the money it needs for schools, roads, health care, you name it.  This is a tough year and it’s wrong to put more financial burden on the citizens of Arizona.

If someone would have said we want to do this and here is the money for it, great!!  I would have said yes, it is extra security and voted yes for it.  But, that didn't happen.  It was another unfunded mandate from the State that I wouldn't support.  I am not here to keep my job but to do a job and sometimes you realize it is not a popularity contest but a job with tough decisions.  I don't expect to please everyone, but I do look at all the facts first.  This bill was not good for Arizona.”

April 4, 2015

Sine Die.

On Friday, April 3, 2015 at 3:34 AM, the Arizona Legislature adjourned (Sine Die) their 2015 Regular Session.

Any bills that did not make it through the Legislature and get sent to the Governor are dead this year.  Once adjournment occurs, the Governor has 10 days (not counting Sundays) to make a decision on bills sent to him by the Legislature.   Generally, bills not vetoed by the Governor will become effective on July 3, 2015.

The status and summaries of bills that AzCDL monitored this session can be found on our Bill Tracking page.   The following are firearms related pro-rights bills that the Governor has signed:

HB 2396 (Rep. Franklin Pratt, LD-8) removes the restriction on the type of firearms a wildlife guide may carry.

HB 2527 (Rep. Anthony Kern, LD-20), the AzCDL-requested bill that strengthens Arizona’s firearms preemption laws by prohibiting state agencies and political subdivisions from restricting the transfer of firearms. 

The following pro-rights bills were sent to the Governor and are awaiting his decision:

HB 2399 (Rep. Franklin Pratt, LD-8) would add hunter harassment to the list of crimes that can suspend or revoke a hunting license.

HB 2407 (Rep. David Stevens, LD-14) would require strict compliance for the ballot initiative requirements (signatures, dates, etc.).  With Bloomberg’s gun owner registration ballot measure coming, it is important to make sure proper procedures are adhered to.

SB 1189 (Senator Kelli Ward, LD-5) would allow for the restoration of the right to possess firearms when certain convictions are set aside.

Comments about these, or any other bills, can be left at the Governor’s website.

We can’t help but notice that the bills the Governor has signed, and those going to the Governor, are fairly “safe.”  Meanwhile, every critical, and from our perspective important, pro-rights firearm bill suffered unexpected defeat this session.

HB 2320 (Rep. Brenda Barton, LD-6), the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons, was killed during a Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing by three Republican Senators voting with the Democrats.  This was after, largely thanks to your emails, HB 2320 passed out of the House.  Following that was the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing where an attempt to add poison pill amendments was exposed and quashed.  Two of the three Senators who switched sides in the COW hearing, Adam Driggs and Bob Worsley, voted FOR a virtually identical bill in the last session. 

HB 2431 (Rep. Bob Thorpe, LD-6), the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearm transfer requirements greater than existing federal law, was held in the Senate Rules Committee while the clock ran out on the session.  The passage of a bill like HB 2431 is critical in derailing Bloomberg’s gun owner registration ballot initiative.  We will only get one more opportunity to pass a state compact bill before the 2016 election.  Let’s hope that the Legislative Leadership comes to their senses before then.

SB 1291 (Senator Steve Smith, LD-11), which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when political subdivisions (counties, cities, etc.) disregard state firearm preemption statues, was a casualty of the final hours of the session.  After making it through the Senate, it was amended in the House and sent back to the Senate where it failed to get a final floor vote before Sine Die.  SB 1291 was heavily lobbied for by the NRA.  According to many legislators, it was the ONLY firearms bill the NRA actively supported this session.
 
SB 1330 (Senator Kelli Ward, LD-5), which would make any future federal acts that violate the Second Amendment invalid in Arizona, was held in the House Rules Committee while the clock ran out. 

It’s worth noting here that the Speaker of the House is a member of the House Rules Committee, along with the House Majority Leader and House Majority Whip.  The Senate Rules Committee is chaired by the Senate President and its members include the Senate Majority Leader and the Senate Majority Whip.  These are the most powerful members of their respective chambers.  If anyone can make a bill move or not move, they can.

So, why the sudden change of heart by the Legislative Leadership?  In past years we could always count on their support.  Could it be there was a quiet effort to prevent “controversial” bills from reaching the Governor?  If so, at whose request?  Perhaps it is the lure of Bloomberg money? 

Will we face the same obstacles next year?  We don’t know.  However, from our perspective the defeat of these important bills can be laid directly at the feet of the Leadership.  They had the power to get these bills to the Governor, but for whatever reason they chose not to.

Meanwhile, with your help, we will continue to work to defeat Bloomberg and to prepare for next year’s legislative battles.  Unfortunately, we also encountered a “it can’t happen here” attitude about Bloomberg’s push for gun owner registration in Arizona this year.  Let’s hope the naysayers pull their heads out of the sand before it’s too late.

Stay tuned and get ready to fight for your rights!

March 30, 2015

Republican Defectors Kill HB 2320.

On Monday March 30th, HB 2320 failed to pass out of the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) by only 1 vote.

HB 2320 (Rep. Brenda Barton, LD-6) is the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons. 

After passing out of the House, followed by the Senate committee process, and with help from thousands of your emails, HB 2320 was heard in the Senate COW on March 30.  Normally COW decisions are by voice vote.  However, because the voice vote outcome was uncertain, a roll call vote was called.  Three Republican Senators, Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce and Bob Worsley officially defected and voted with the Democrats to kill HB 2320 by a 15 to 14 vote.  Senators Driggs and Worsley supported a nearly identical bill last year.  What made them change their mind?  Could these be 3 new Bloomberg disciples?
 
If you would like to express your opinion on their vote, here is how they can be reached:

Senator Adam Driggs, (602) 926-3016, adriggs@azleg.gov
Senator Steve Pierce, (602) 926-5584, spierce@azleg.gov
Senator Bob Worsley, (602) 926-5760, bworsley@azleg.gov

If you live in their districts, please remember their votes on HB 2320 during the 2016 election.
 
Also in jeopardy is HB 2431 (Rep. Bob Thorpe, LD-6), the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements greater than existing federal law.  Bloomberg’s puppets have been attacking this bill heavily.  It’s kryptonite to his scheme to establish gun owner registration in Arizona.  His minions are working hard to kill it in the Senate.  At the moment, HB 2431 is being held in the Senate Rules Committee.  If it doesn’t move soon, it is dead for this session. 

Since the Senate Rules Committee is chaired by the Senate President and its members include the Senate Leadership, the fate of HB 2431 is a direct indicator of the Leadership’s support for your right to keep and bear arms, versus Bloomberg’s desire to disarm you.  Let’s learn which side they are on.

We have prepared an email for you to send to the Senate Rules Committee members urging them pass HB 2431 out of committee.  They need to hear from you today!  Click here to send your email on HB 2431.

Andy Biggs, Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and Senate President, controls the committee agenda for not only this committee, but the Senate COW and floor votes.  He holds the fate of HB 2431 in his hands.  He can be reached directly at (602) 926-4371 or by email at abiggs@azleg.gov.   We encourage you to contact him.

March 24, 2015

HB 2320 COW Hearing.

We thank everyone who contacted the Senate Appropriations Committee about the 3 poison pill amendments proposed for HB 2320.  They listened and the proposed amendments were withdrawn.  Once again you made a difference!

An agreement was reached among several of the stakeholders that the proposed amendments, and opposition to HB 2320, would be withdrawn in exchange for a floor amendment clarifying that HB 2320 does not apply to any area where firearms possession is prohibited by federal law.
 
HB 2320 (Rep. Brenda Barton, LD-6) is the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property if their “security” is limited to the flimsy “no firearms” sign bureaucrats like to hide behind, but criminals ignore.  Under the proposed law, everyone entering must be screened if agencies or political subdivisions choose to ban weapons on government property.

Following the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, we are expecting HB 2320 to be quickly scheduled for a Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing, where the floor amendment will be introduced by Senator John Kavanagh.  In anticipation of the COW hearing, we have drafted an email for you to send to your Senator asking them to support HB 2320 during the COW hearing and to only support the amendment offered by Senator Kavanagh.

Click here to send your email to your Senator.  You may send it as is, or customize it with your comments.  It only takes a few mouse clicks to make a difference.

March 23, 2015

HB 2320 At Risk.

As we mentioned in our prior alert, HB 2320 and HB 2431 are scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, March 24.  Despite receiving over a thousand emails from you urging the committee to pass these bills without amendments, we have learned that the committee chairman, Senator Don Shooter, has proposed THREE amendments to HB 2320 that if passed would scuttle the bill.

All three amendments are unacceptable.  The first proposed amendment would limit public building and event security requirements to only when the building or event is open to the public.  During “off” hours it’ll be open season by those with criminal intentions.

The second proposed amendment would exempt “judicial branch facilities” (court houses, etc.) from having to allow CCW permit holders in if “security” is limited to the typical flimsy sign.  This is just another attempt by fat cat bureaucrats, living large off your tax dollars, to carve out a special exemption.   Additionally, most judicial branch facilities already employ tight security screening so the additional language is not necessary.

The third proposed amendment is part of the ongoing campaign by the Salt River Project to imbed in state law an exemption they already have as a federal entity.   Creating a statutory exemption for “federal reclamation projects” would mean any time you venture into the Salt River Project’s extensive property holdings, which include large swaths of open land, you could be subject to arrest.  The Salt River Project is a federal agency and ultimately reports to President Obama.  This appears to be another end run to assert federal authority in a state issue.

The Appropriations Committee hearing is literally just hours away.  They need to be inundated with emails urging them to pass HB 2320 without any amendments. Click here to send the special email we have prepared for you to send to the Senate Appropriations Committee.  You may send it as is, or customize it with your comments.

March 20, 2015

Key Hearing Postponed.  Bills Reassigned.

Largely due to the several thousand emails sent this session by AzCDL members and supporters, AzCDL-requested bills, HB 2320 and HB 2431, passed out of the House and were scheduled to be heard in the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, March 18.  That same day a violent felon (and prohibited possessor) went on a rampage in Mesa, “allegedly” killing one person and wounding several others.  End result?  HB 2320 and HB 2431 were removed from the hearing agenda. 

Since HB 2320 and HB 2431 did not meet the March 20 deadline to be heard in a Senate committee, they would normally be considered dead for the session.  However, bills assigned to the Appropriations Committee are exempt from the March 20 deadline.  HB 2320 and HB 2431 are pending official reassignment by the Senate Leadership to the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Meanwhile, they have been added to the agenda for the Tuesday, March 24 Appropriations Committee meeting.

Once again, we need to let Senate committee members know that there is huge grassroots support for HB 2320 and HB 2431 and to pass these bills out of committee.  Click here to send the email we have prepared for youto send to the Senate Appropriations Committee.  You may send it as is, or customize it with your comments.  Now is the time to voice your opinion.  It only takes a few mouse clicks to make a difference.

HB 2320 (Rep. Brenda Barton, LD-6), is the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property if their “security” is limited to the flimsy “no firearms” sign bureaucrats like to hide behind, but criminals ignore.  Under the proposed law, everyone entering must be screened if agencies or political subdivisions choose to ban weapons on government property.
 
HB 2431 (Rep. Bob Thorpe, LD-6), is the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements greater than existing federal law.  In essence, this would create a ceiling that state law could not exceed.  This is a critical piece of legislation in our effort to derail Bloomberg’s upcoming gun owner registration scheme in Arizona.

Two other pro-rights firearms bills died this week.

HB 2509 (Rep. Kelly Townsend, LD-16), the AzCDL-requested bill which would add to the definition of aggravated assault the taking, or attempted taking, of any legally possessed firearm (other than by law enforcement), failed to pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee during their March 19 hearing.

SB 1460 (Sen. Kelli Ward, LD-5), which would allow for the restoration of the right to possess firearms when certain convictions were set aside, failed to move out of the Senate in time to meet the March 20 deadline. However the language of SB 1460 was revived as a “strike everything” amendment to SB 1189 which passed out of the House Military Affairs and Public Safety (MAPS) committee on March 19.

Meanwhile several pro-rights firearms bills are still progressing through the Legislature.  Among those are the following.

HB 2527 (Rep. Anthony Kern, LD-20), the AzCDL-requested bill that would strengthen state firearms preemption by prohibiting local and state agency regulation of firearm transfers, passed out of the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) on March 17.  Next step is a Senate Third Read vote.

SB 1291 (Steve Smith, LD-11), which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when political subdivisions (counties, cities, etc.) disregard state firearm preemption statues, passed out of the House MAPS Committee on March 12.  It needs to pass out of the House Rules Committee before it can be heard in the House COW.

SB 1330 (Kelli Ward, LD-5), which would make any future federal acts that violate the Second Amendment invalid in Arizona, passed out of the House MAPS Committee on March 19.  It also needs to pass out of the House Rules committee before proceeding further.

The status and summaries of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.  It is updated daily throughout the session.

March 13, 2015

Legislative Update.

We thank everyone who took the time to contact the House Leadership about HB 2320 and HB 2431.  You made a big difference with your emails!  Both bills were swiftly scheduled for hearings and floor votes and passed out of the House on Thursday, March 11.  They are now awaiting action in the Senate.

When legislation switches chambers (e.g., House to Senate), the committee hearing and vote process starts all over.  The deadline for all House bills to be heard in Senate committees and all Senate bills to be heard in House committees is less than a week away on Friday, March 20.  HB 2320 and HB 2431 have been put on the Wednesday, March 18 agenda of the Senate Public Safety, Military and Technology (PSMT) Committee pending official committee assignment by the Senate Leadership, which is expected on Monday, March 16.

The status and summaries of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.  The following is the status of key legislation we are supporting.

HB 2320 (Rep. Brenda Barton, LD-6), the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property unless every person entering is screened for weapons, passed out of the House on March 11 and was sent to the Senate.  It was sent to the Senate where it awaits committee assignment.

HB 2431 (Rep. Bob Thorpe, LD 6), the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact restricting member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements greater than existing federal law also passed out of the House on March 11.  It was sent to the Senate where it awaits committee assignment. 

HB 2509 (Rep. Kelly Townsend, LD-16), the AzCDL-requested bill that would add to the definition of aggravated assault the taking, or attempted taking, of any legally possessed firearm (other than by law enforcement), passed out of the House and was sent to the Senate on February 24.  It passed out of the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, March 4 by a 4 to 3 vote.  It is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

HB 2527 (Rep. Anthony Kern, LD-20), the AzCDL-requested bill that would strengthen state firearms preemption by prohibiting local and state agency regulation of firearm transfers, passed out of the Senate Government Committee on February 25 and the Senate Rules Committee on March 4.  Next stop is the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW).

SB 1291 (Senator Steve Smith, LD-11), which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when political subdivisions (counties, cities, etc.) disregard state firearm preemption statues, passed out of the Senate and was sent to the House on February 25.  It passed out of the House Military Affairs and Public Safety (MAPS) Committee on March 12.

SB 1330 (Senator Kelli Ward, LD-5), which would make any future federal acts that violate the Second Amendment invalid in Arizona, passed out of the Senate on March 11 and was sent to the House where it was assigned to the MAPS Committee.

February 28, 2015

Legislative Update.

Floor Debate Scheduled – Action Needed

HB 2320 (Rep. Brenda Barton, LD-6), the AzCDL-requested bill which would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property unless every person entering is screened for weapons, is scheduled for a House Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing on Monday, March 2, 2015.

If you have not already done so, now is the time to
tell your Representatives to support HB 2320 using AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center.

Bills Progressing

In other news, several pro-rights bills are progressing through the Legislature.

HB 2509 (Rep. Kelly Townsend, LD-16), the AzCDL-requested bill which would add to the definition of aggravated assault the taking, or attempted taking, of any legally possessed firearm (other than by law enforcement), passed out of the House and was sent to the Senate on February 24.  It is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, March 4.  AzCDL’s representatives will be present at the hearing and available to provide any necessary testimony.
 

HB 2527 (Rep. Anthony Kern, LD-20), the AzCDL-requested bill that would strengthen state firearms preemption by prohibiting local and state agency regulation of firearm transfers, passed out of the Senate Government Committee on February 25 by a 4-3 vote along party lines.

SB 1291 (Steve Smith, LD-11), which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when political subdivisions (counties, cities, etc.) disregard state firearm preemption statues, passed out of the Senate and was sent to the House on February 25.

Stay informed and up to date!  The status and summaries of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.  It is updated daily throughout the session.

February 22, 2015

Legislative Update.

Bogus Article V Telemarketing

We have received word that a telemarketer has been calling Arizona residents and erroneously claiming that AzCDL opposes
HCR 2003, which calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention.  For the record, AzCDL has no position or opinion on HCR 2003.  Our primary focus is on Arizona state firearms related legislation.

We have been unable to determine who is behind this unscrupulous scam, and are unaware of any trustworthy national or state firearms organizations that are involved in the Article V issue.  If you have been victimized by this telemarketer, or can shed any light on who they may be working for, please contact us immediately.

Failed Bills

February 20 marked the deadline for bills to be heard in committees in their originating chamber (House or Senate).  Of the bills we are monitoring, 11 are effectively dead for the session.  You can find them, along with all the bills we are monitoring, on our
Bill Tracking page. 

While the progress of a few good bills has ended, most of the really bad bills have bitten the dust.  Most notably, four basically identical bills (HB 2118, HB 2601, HCR 2009 and SB 1269) that would criminalize private firearm transfers have ended their journey.  From watching what is happening in other states, we expect this to mark the initiation of the Bloomberg financed “citizen initiative” process to get a gun owner registration measure on the 2016 ballot.

Bills Moving

HB 2431 (Rep. Bob Thorpe, LD 6), the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact prohibiting member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements greater than existing federal law, squeaked out of the House MAPS Committee by a 5-4 vote on February19.  This is a critical piece of legislation in our effort to derail Bloomberg’s
gun owner registration scheme in Arizona.  Republican Franklin Pratt (LD-8) voted with the committee’s Democrats against HB 2431.

HB 2320 (Rep. Brenda Barton, LD-6), the AzCDL-requested bill which would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property unless every person entering is screened for weapons, passed out of the House MAPS Committee on Thursday, February 12.  After voting for the passage of HB 2320, Representative Franklin Pratt has since stated his opposition to the bill.

HB 2509 (Rep. Kelly Townsend, LD-16), the AzCDL-requested bill which would add to the definition of aggravated assault the taking, or attempted taking, of any legally possessed firearm (other than by law enforcement), also passed out of the House MAPS committee on February 12.

HB 2527 (Rep. Anthony Kern, LD-20), the AzCDL-requested bill that would strengthen state firearms preemption by prohibiting local and state agency regulation of firearm transfers, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, February 25.

Action Needed!

HB 2320 will soon be scheduled for a House Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing and HB 2509 is scheduled for a COW hearing on Monday, February 23.  These bills need to pass out of the House COW before they can proceed to the Senate.  If you have not already done so, now is the time to tell your Representatives to support HB 2320 and HB 2509 using AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center. 
Click here to send the emails we have prepared for you to send to your Representatives.    You may send them as is or customize them with your comments.

February 7, 2015

Legislative Update.

The final deadline for bills to be filed is Monday, February 9.  Most bills have been filed and are starting to move through the Legislature.  The deadline for all bills to be heard in committees in their originating chamber (House or Senate) is February 20.

The following bills have favorably passed out of committee hearings and are progressing.

HB 2396 (Frank Pratt, LD-8), which would remove the restrictions on the type of firearms a wildlife guide may carry, passed out of the House Military and Public Safety (MAPS) Committee on January 29.

Also passing out of the House MAPS Committee on January 29 was HB 2399 which would add hunter harassment to the list of crimes that can suspend or revoke a hunting license.

HB 2527 (Anthony Kern, LD-20), the AzCDL-requested bill that would strengthen state firearms preemption by prohibiting local regulation of firearm transfers, passed out of the House MAPS Committee on February 5.

The following bills are scheduled for committee hearings.

HB 2320 (Brenda Barton, LD-6), which would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property unless every person entering is screened for weapons, is scheduled for a House MAPS Committee hearing on Thursday, February 12. 

HB 2509 (Kelly Townsend, LD-16), which would add to the definition of aggravated assault the taking, or attempted taking, of any legally possessed firearm (other than by law enforcement), is also scheduled for a House MAPS hearing on February 12.

SB 1291 (Steve Smith, LD-11), which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when political subdivisions (state agencies, counties, cities, etc.) disregard state firearm preemption statues, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate, Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility (FMFR) Committee on Tuesday, February 10.

SB 1330 (Kelli Ward, LD-5), which would make any future federal acts that violate the Second Amendment invalid in Arizona is also scheduled for a February 10 FMFR Committee hearing.

SB 1291 and SB 1330 are also scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Safety, Military and Technology (PSMT) Committee on Wednesday, February 11.

At this point we do not feel it necessary to contact the committee leadership or members about bills scheduled for hearings.  AzCDL’s representatives will be present at the hearing and available to provide any necessary testimony.

Stay informed and up to date!  The status and summaries of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.  It is updated daily throughout the session.  

January 30, 2015

Legislative Update.

A
t the end of the third week of the Legislature, the number of bills filled is a few shy of 1,000.  Monday, February 2, is the deadline for Senate bills to be filed and February 9 is the deadline for House bills to be filed.  The status and summaries of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.

Hearing scheduled

HB 2320 (Brenda Barton, LD-6), which would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property unless every person entering is screened for weapons, is scheduled for a House Military and Public Safety (MAPS) Committee hearing on Thursday, February 5.  At this point we do not feel it necessary to contact the committee leadership or members about HB 2320.  AzCDL’s representatives will be present at the hearing and available to provide any necessary testimony.

More pro-rights bills filed this week

SB 1291 (Steve Smith, LD-11) would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when political subdivisions (state agencies, counties, cities, etc.) disregard state firearm preemption statues.  Currently a political subdivision can ignore the law with impunity.

SB 1330 (Kelli Ward, LD-5) would make any future federal acts that violate the Second Amendment invalid in Arizona.  State and local law enforcement would be prohibited from enforcing, or assisting in the enforcement of, federal actions that violate the Second Amendment.

Steady drumbeat from those who want to disarm you

This week saw the filing of another “background check” bill, this time in the Senate.  SB 1269 contains identical language to HB 2118 and HCR 2014.  Each of these bills would criminalize private firearm transfers, the prelude to establishing gun owner registration and firearms confiscation.

Criminalizing gun ownership is the theme from the anti-rights crowd this year.  Bloomberg’s marionettes in Arizona are mimicking what is happening in Nevada – push “expanded background” legislation while setting the stage for a ballot measure in the 2016 election. 

In Nevada, the petition gathering process for their ballot measure has already been completed.  Their next stop is Arizona.  This is a well-orchestrated effort that exploits a weakness in the constitutions of several Western states, including Arizona.  Defeating this attack requires gun owners to get involved across the state.  Help AzCDL spread the word.  Tell your friends.

January 18, 2015

Legislative Session Underway.

The Arizona legislative session officially started on Monday, January 12.  At the end of the first week of the session over 600 bills have been filed.  Several hundred more are expected to be filed in the coming weeks. 

The status and summaries of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.  It is updated daily throughout the session.  We recommend you bookmark the page and check it often.

So far the pro-rights firearms bills outnumber the bad bills.  Anti-rights firearms bills filed this week would weaken “no duty to retreat” and criminalize the private transfer of firearms.  We are expecting many more in the coming weeks aimed at rolling back many of the freedoms we have regained.

On the pro-rights side, two AzCDL-requested bills were filed. 

HB 2320 would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering “public” (state and local government) buildings and property unless security measures (guards, metal detectors, etc.) are in place to screen every person entering for weapons.

HB 2431 would establish an interstate “compact” that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements different than existing federal law.  Compacts between states supersede individual state law.  An example of an interstate compact is the uniform recognition of drivers’ licenses.  Assuming HB 2431 is enacted in Arizona and at least one other state becomes a party to the compact, a subsequent state law, or even a ballot measure, cannot override it.

With the pending Bloomberg-sponsored effort to establish Gun Owner Registration using Arizona’s initiative/referendum process, there are non-firearms bills we are supporting that help ensure that the process is proper and lawful.

HB 2407 would require strict compliance to the requirements (signatures, dates, etc.) for getting a measure on the ballot.

SB 1056 focuses on the validity of petition signatures.  If the address of the signer on the petition is not the same as on their voter registration, the signature is not valid.

At this early point in the session, none of the bills we are monitoring have been schedule for committee hearings.
 
Stay up to date!  The status of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.

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

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.

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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