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January 25, 2015

Celebrate the 2nd Rally.

Gun Rights Across America (GRAA) and Riders USA have teamed up for a rally supporting the Second Amendment on Saturday, February 21 at the Arizona State Capitol between Noon and 2 PM.  More information can be found on the GRAA Arizona chapter Facebook page.  You can also email Anthony Demas, the GRAA Arizona coordinator.  AzCDL’s president, Dave Kopp, has been invited to speak at the rally.

Legislative update

At the end of the second week of the Legislature, the number of bills filled has jumped to 872.  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 deadline for all bills to be heard in their assigned committees in their originating chamber (House or Senate) is February 20, less than four weeks from now.  Many bills never make it that far.  We may soon be calling upon you to contact committee members and legislators to support pro-rights bills as they navigate through the legislative process.  Keep your computers on and keyboards ready!
 
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 checking it often.

New pro-rights bills have been filed

HB 2509, an AzCDL-requested bill, would add the taking or attempted taking of your legally possessed firearm to the definition of Aggravated Assault.  The exception would be for law enforcement in the performance of their duties.  This bill is identical to one passed by the Legislature last year, but vetoed by Governor Brewer.

HB 2527, also an AzCDL-requested bill, would strengthen firearms preemption law by prohibiting local governments and state agencies from regulating the transfer of firearms.  Current law prohibits them from regulating the possession or storage of firearms.

Unusual stealth from the freedom destroyers

In past years, we have seen a large number of anti-rights firearms bills filed early in the session.  Last year over a dozen bills were filed to weaken our right to keep and bear arms in Arizona.  In 2013 over twenty bad bills were filed.  So far this year, only a few have been filed, and two of those deal with criminalizing private firearms transfers. 

Those that have been filed are certainly bad enough, but we suspect that many Arizona legislators opposed to your rights are waiting for the Bloomberg backed ballot initiative for Gun Owner Registration to get underway in Arizona, along with the flood of out of state money that will come with it.  Don’t be fooled!

January 20, 2015

Front Sight Spring Fling.

You are invited to join AzCDL on our sixth annual outing to Front Sight’s Nevada facility  from March 27-31, 2015.  Front Sight is offering the following classes over that extended weekend of Friday March 27 to Monday March 30:

2 and 4 day Defensive Handgun
2 and 4 day Practical Rifle
2 and 4 day Tactical Shotgun
2 and 4 day Rope and Rappel

For those who attend either the 2 day or 4 day Defensive Pistol class, a multi-state CCW class is offered on Tuesday, March 31.  This class will satisfy the Nevada CCW permit requirements.

Information about all these classes can be found at Front Sight’s website.

Pick the class that fits your schedule and training preference.  After making your course reservations, please contact Drake  who will work with Front Sight to ensure AzCDL participants train on the same ranges. 

If you do not have a Front Sight membership or single class certificate, AzCDL has all-inclusive Front Sight Diamond memberships, which allow you to attend all Front Sight classes as often as you want, available at our online store for a steeply discounted price (scroll to the bottom of the online store page).  If you have not attended a Front Sight class this year, they will charge you an additional fee to perform a background check.

We have made special arrangements with two area hotels, the Wine Ridge Resort and the Best Western that offer discounted rates for AzCDL Front Sight students.  The Saddle West, across the street from the Best Western, also offers discounted rates to Front Sight members.  For more information, please contact Drake.

Because Front Sight trains several thousand students every year, and the Spring months provide a better climate, classes and hotels fill up fast.  Each student is expected to make their own course and hotel reservations. 

To learn more about what to expect during your visit to Front Sight, along with information about gear to bring, ordering lunches, etc. please check out: http://www.frontsight.com/FirearmTraining/front-sight.asp.

AzCDL also maintains a Yahoo! discussion group for our Front Sight attendees’ use.  Feel free to join and post any questions or comments you may have about the upcoming classes.

See you at Front Sight!

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メve 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.

January 15, 2015

The Attack Has Begun.

The first salvo in the attack on your right to keep and bear arms in Arizona is a pair of bills, HB 2118 and HCR 2009, filed by Representative Randall Friese.  The language in both bills is identical, however HCR 2009 is a proposed ballot measure for the next general election.

HB 2118 and HCR 2009 would criminalize the private transfer of firearms by requiring all private transfers to be conducted through a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL).  Failure to do so would be a Class 5 Felony.

Under the proposed law, if you wish to sell or transfer a firearm, you would first need to surrender your firearm to an FFL who would treat the firearm as if it was an item in their inventory, entering all the information on it, and YOU, into his records.  A federal background (NICS) check would be required for the transferee (buyer) to receive your firearm.  If that background check failed, you as the transferor (seller) would be required to undergo a NICS background check to get YOUR gun back.  If there was a problem with your background check, the dealer would be required to confiscate your firearm and surrender it to a law enforcement agency.

It’s laughable to believe that criminals typically use gun dealers to buy and sell guns.  The target for this law is YOU, the law-abiding gun owner.  And, in order for this proposed law to be enforceable, the obvious next step would be the establishment of a statewide database of all Arizona gun owners and the firearms they (you!) own.  Don’t be fooled.  The unstated goal of bills like HB 2118 and HCR 2009 is to ultimately disarm you.   Rep. Friese can be contacted at (602) 926-3138 or rfriese@azleg.gov if you would like to share your thoughts on these bills.

A list of these and other bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found at our Bill Tracking page.  It is updated daily throughout the legislative session.

In other news, ex-Mayor Bloomberg is funding the Phoenix based Dart Center to begin a disinformation campaign in Arizona.  The Dart Center is conducting a two day workshop for journalists on April 17 & 18 on how to “correctly” report on guns and “gun violence.”  Back in our grandparents’ days, this tactic was known as Yellow Journalism.

Bloomberg and his puppets are running a well-crafted and heavily funded campaign to ultimately disarm you using the ruse of “Expanded Background Checks.”  Barring cooperation from Arizona’s pro-rights leaning Legislature, the entry point will come via Arizona’s constitutionally established “citizen initiative” process, where anyone with enough money can get any measure on the ballot subject to popular vote.

In the state of Washington last year, Bloomberg was successful in accomplishing Gun Owner Registration via ballot measure I-594.  In Nevada, enough petition signatures have been obtained for a ballot measure in that state.  We will soon be facing the same threat here in Arizona.  Spread the word.  Tell your friends.  Join AzCDL.  Renew your membership.  Together we can win this!

January 13, 2015

Tracking Legislation.

The 2015 Arizona Legislative Session officially got underway on January 12, 2015.  Legislators will have until early February to file their bills.  Over 150 bills were “pre-filed” before the session began.  We expect over 1,000 new bills to be filed in the next few weeks.  As bills are filed, they will appear at the Legislature’s website.

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.

As legislation progresses, we will call upon you, using these Alerts, to help us enlighten legislators on the importance of bills needing their support.   We cannot emphasize enough the importance and impact of your emails to your legislators using AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center.

The first step in the road to a bill becoming law is a committee hearing.  Stay tuned!

January 3, 2015

AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center.

The 2015 Arizona Legislative Session will get underway on January 12.

We cannot emphasize enough the importance and impact of your emails during the coming legislative session.  It is because of the involvement of AzCDL members, emailing legislators and the Governor, that we have been successful in our efforts to restore and protect the right to keep and bear arms in Arizona.  Additionally, member emails have helped us stop many very bad bills.

AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center is where you will get to personally demand that Arizona legislators and the Governor protect your rights.  We make it easy for you with pre-written messages that take less than a minute of your time to send out.  In addition to using direct links to letters we provide via our Legislative Alerts, you will be able to view issues needing your action by visiting our Hot Issues page and looking under the bright red “Take Action!” banner on the right side of the page.
 
Also at our Legislative Action Center are pages dedicated to exposing the push to disarm you using “Expanded Background Checks” and “Mental Health” monitoring.

Stay tuned and get ready!

December 27, 2014

Arizona’s Legislative Process.

In a little over two weeks, on January 12, the 2015 Arizona Legislative Session will begin.  The following is a brief overview of the legislative process, along with your role in helping good legislation become law.

Every session, AzCDL brings proposed laws to legislators willing to sponsor them.  Once a bill is formally filed, AzCDL’s lobbyists work with legislators in both “chambers” (House and Senate) to get co-sponsors.  Generally, the greater the number of co-sponsors, the greater the likelihood the bill will succeed.

Once a bill is filed, it is “read” by the full chamber before being assigned to one or more committees.  Over a thousand bills are introduced every session, and some may not receive committee assignments.  Only those assigned to a committee may proceed.

Bills must be heard by, and pass out of, their assigned committees to progress further.  The committee chair determines if a bill will get a hearing.  If a bill does not get heard before the session deadline, or does not pass out of committee, it cannot proceed.

Once a bill passes out of its committees, it must survive a Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing, where all the legislators in the chamber can debate the merits of the legislation, offer amendments and decide its fate.  Bills passing a COW vote (typically an unrecorded voice vote) must then survive a formal, recorded vote of the entire chamber known as a “Third Read”.  If the bill passes the Third Read vote by a majority of the body (16 votes in the Senate, 31 in the House, regardless of the actual number of legislators in attendance), it can proceed.

This is only half the battle.  Once a bill passes out of the originating chamber (e.g., House) it is sent to the other chamber (e.g., Senate) where the entire process is repeated.

Bills making it through both chambers unchanged are sent to the Governor.  Amended bills must undergo a reconciliation process by both chambers before going to the Governor.

AzCDL lobbyists work daily at the Capitol to monitor legislation, testify at hearings, promote bills we support and call attention to bills we oppose.  However, it is your participation that has the biggest impact on the fate of legislation.  Pressure from you can help the Legislature’s Leadership “remember” to assign a bill to a committee; remind a committee chair to “remember” to schedule a hearing; get committee members to realize that there is tremendous grassroots support for a bill; and enable your legislators and the Governor to understand that you want them to support a bill.

We cannot emphasize enough the importance and impact of your emails.  It is because AzCDL members took the time to contact committee members, legislators and the Governor that Constitutional Carry is now the law in Arizona.
 
AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center is our tool for you to make a difference during the upcoming legislative session.  We make it easy with targeted, pre-written email messages for you to send with just a few mouse clicks.   Warm up your keyboards and stay tuned! 

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.

December 5, 2014

Arizona Gun Owner Registration.

A ballot measure to register Arizona gun owners is headed our way.  It will be disguised as a “Background Check” measure, but its real purpose is to permanently record information about you and the guns you own.

In November, Washington state voters approved a “background check” ballot measure requiring private firearms transfers to be tracked and recorded.  In Nevada, signatures have been gathered to put a similar measure on their 2016 ballot.  An attempt to get a bogus “background check” measure on the 2016 ballot in Arizona will begin soon.

AzCDL is committed to preventing Gun Owner Registration from coming to Arizona.  Because this is a top priority, we have set up a new web page as a resource on “Background Check” efforts at our Legislative Action Center.  At this new page you will find important information and links to related articles. 

We encourage you to spread the word and alert your friends about what we are all facing:
Universal Background Checks = Universal Gun Owner Registration.

The upcoming battle for our fundamental freedom has a very large price-tag.  Your activism and support is critical and deeply appreciated.  Your membership donations fund the coming battles.  Just as important is your activism in contacting legislators in the coming legislative sessions.

November 15, 2014

AzCDL Newsletter available online.

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

Highlighted is this issue is the attack on our fundamental liberties via gun owner registration disguised as “universal background checks”.   Arizona is the ultimate target.

This is a must read issue.  The firearm freedoms you enjoy are at risk.

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.

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 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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