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May 14, 2017

Congratulation Raffle Winners.

On May 14 at approximately 3:30 PM the winning raffle tickets for five Glock Model 43 pistols were drawn.  These are Glock’s single stack, sub-compact, 9mm pistols. 

And the winners are….

  • Ticket #135 - AzCDL member Keith K. in Phoenix.
  • Ticket #175 - AzCDL member Don C. in Gilbert.
  • Ticket #222 - AzCDL member Mark G. in Chandler.
  • Ticket #536 - Steven D. in Tucson.
  • Ticket #877 - AzCDL member Joe S. in Paradise Valley.

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.

May 12, 2017

Sine Die!

On Wednesday, May 10, at 7 PM, the Arizona Legislature adjourned (Sine Die) their 2017 Regular Session.

Any bills that did not make it through the Legislature and get sent to the Governor are dead this year.   The effective date of bills signed by the Governor is August 9, 2017.

The status and summary of bills that AzCDL monitored this session can be found on our Bill Tracking page.

We thank the AzCDL members and activists that sent over fifty thousand emails to legislators and the Governor using AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center this session.  You made a difference.  With your help we managed to stop a dozen anti-rights firearms bills and get the following pro-rights bills signed by the Governor.

HB 2216 (Rep. Paul Boyer, LD-20) makes it unlawful to mandate “electronic firearm tracking technology,” a component of “smart gun” technology.

HB 2477 (Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, LD-12) makes critical reforms to Arizona’s civil forfeiture laws.

SB 1122 (Sen. Gail Griffin, LD-14) prohibits the search of any federal or state database as a requirement for transferring personal property, such as your firearm.

SB 1344 (Sen. John Kavanagh, LD-23), the AzCDL-requested bill that clarifies that state and local governments cannot regulate the possession of weapons by employees or contractors in or on their privately owned property or vehicles.

We expect bigger challenges next year.  The anti-rights groups, realizing that there is little chance of restricting your rights at the national level, are redoubling their efforts at the state level where they have the greatest chances to succeed. 

May 3, 2017

Governor Ducey Signs SB 1122.

SB 1122, which prohibits the search of any federal or state database as a requirement for transferring personal property, such as your firearm, was signed by the Governor on May 1, 2017.

We thank the over 2,000 AzCDL members and activists that contacted the Governor and urged him to sign this important legislation.  You made a difference!

April 22, 2017

Legislative Update.

HB 2216 was signed by the Governor on April 18, 2017, a day after it was sent to him by the Legislature.  HB 2216 will make it unlawful to mandate “electronic firearm tracking technology,” a component of “smart gun” technology.

HB 2244 was signed by the Governor on April 14, 2017.  This bill was originally about DPS CCW reporting requirements.  A “strike everything” amendment in the Senate changed the language in the bill to require strict compliance with constitutional and statutory ballot measure petition gathering requirements.  This is a welcome improvement in light of the expected Bloomberg backed movement to place gun owner registration on the Arizona ballot in 2018.

HB 2477 was signed by the Governor on April 12, 2017.  This bill makes critical reforms to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture laws.

SB 1122, which would prohibit the search of any federal or state databases as a requirement for transferring personal property (such as your firearms), passed out of the House Committee of the Whole (COW) on Monday, April 17.  It has been scheduled for a House Third Read vote on Monday, April 24.  This is the last step necessary before sending the bill to the Governor.

SB 1344 was signed by the Governor on April 12, 2017.  This is the AzCDL-requested bill that clarifies that state and local governments cannot regulate the possession of weapons by employees or contractors in or on their privately owned property or vehicles.

April 15, 2017

Legislative Update.

Thanks to the over 3,000 emails AzCDL activists sent to the Governor this week he signed HB 2477 and SB 1344.  The effective date of these bills will be 90 days after the legislature adjourns.  HB 2477 makes critical reforms to civil asset forfeiture laws.  SB 1344 is the AzCDL-requested bill that clarifies that state and local governments cannot regulate the possession of weapons by employees or contractors in or on their privately owned property or vehicles.

Legislation we are monitoring this session can be found on AzCDL’s Bill Tracking page.  The following is an update. 

HB 2022, which would exempt from the definition of “unlawful discharge” the use of .22 caliber or smaller snake or rat shot, died in the Senate by a tie vote on April 10.  Republican Senators Kate Brophy McGee and Bob Worsely joined with the Democrats to defeat HB 2022.

HB 2216, which would make it unlawful to mandate “electronic firearm tracking technology,” a component of “smart gun” technology, is scheduled for a House Final Read vote on Monday, April 17.  This is the last step before being sent to the Governor.

SB 1122, which would prohibit the search of any federal or state databases as a requirement for transferring personal property (such as your firearms), is scheduled for a House COW hearing on Monday, April 17.

April 8, 2017

Legislative Update.

Legislation we are monitoring this session can be found on AzCDL’s Bill Tracking page.  The following is the status of pro-rights bills that are still progressing through the legislative process.

HB 2022, which would exempt from the definition of “unlawful discharge” the use of .22 caliber or smaller snake or rat shot, passed out of the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) on March 28.  A Senate Third Read vote is scheduled for Monday, April 10.

HB 2216, which would make it unlawful to mandate “electronic firearm tracking technology,” a component of “smart gun” technology, passed out of the Senate on April 4.  Because it was amended in the Senate it will need a House Concurrence and Final Read vote before it can be sent to the Governor.

HB 2477, which would tighten asset forfeiture laws and require greater accountability by law enforcement, passed out of the Senate on April 3.  It is scheduled for a House Concurrence and Final Read vote on Monday, April 10.

SB 1122, which would prohibit the search of any federal or state databases as a requirement for transferring personal property (such as your firearms), still needs a House COW hearing.

SB 1344, the AzCDL-requested bill that would clarify that state and local governments cannot regulate the possession of weapons by employees or contractors in or on property or vehicles owned by an employee or contractor, passed out of the Senate on April 5 and was sent to the Governor on April 6.

Friday April 14, less than a week away, is the next critical deadline for legislation.  That’s the last day for bills to be heard in Conference Committees.  With the exception of SB 1344, which has already passed out of the Legislature, all the bills listed above must meet this deadline to survive.

April 1, 2017

Legislative Update.

The status of legislation we are monitoring this session can be found on AzCDL’s Bill Tracking page.  The following are pro-rights bills that are close to completing their journey through the legislature.

HB 2022, which would exempt from the definition of “unlawful discharge” the use of .22 caliber or smaller snake or rat shot, passed out of the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) on March 28.  A Senate Third Read vote is needed for HB 2022 to progress.

HB 2216, which would make it unlawful to mandate “electronic firearm tracking technology,” a component of “smart gun” technology, passed out of the Senate COW on March 30.  During the COW debate, anti-rights Senators revealed their intention to mandate “smart gun” requirements in Arizona, which could outlaw the firearms you currently own.  HB 2216 still needs a Senate Third Read to progress.

HB 2477, which would tighten asset forfeiture laws and require greater accountability by law enforcement, is scheduled for an April 3 Senate COW hearing.

SB 1122, which would prohibit the search of any federal or state databases as a requirement for transferring personal property (such as your firearms), is expected to be scheduled for a House COW hearing in the coming week.

SB 1344, the AzCDL-requested bill that would clarify that state and local governments cannot regulate the possession of weapons by employees or contractors in or on property or vehicles owned by the employee or contractor, passed out of the House COW on March 28.  We expect it to receive a Third Read floor vote in the coming week.

March 24, 2017

Legislative Update.

The status of proposed legislation we are monitoring can be found on AzCDL’s Bill Tracking page.

March 24 marked the end of the line for Senate bills that were not heard in House committees and House bills not heard in Senate committees.  

The following is the status of key bills we are monitoring that survived the March 24 deadline.

HB 2022, which would exempt from the definition of “unlawful discharge” the use of .22 caliber or smaller snake or rat shot, passed out of the Senate Government committee on March 1.

HB 2117, which originally was a bill about the state militia, was changed via a “strike everything” amendment in the Senate Government committee to legislation about GPS in school vehicles.  It is no longer a state militia bill, and we will no longer be tracking its progress.

HB 2216, which would make it unlawful to “require a person to use or be subject to electronic firearm tracking technology,” passed out of the Senate Government committee on March 15.

HB 2287, which would raise the requirement to “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly” discharging a firearm for a Class 6 felony conviction, also passed out of the Senate Government committee on March 1.  However, shortly after Americans for Responsible Solutions offered to spread around their $15 Million war chest to legislators who pushed their anti-rights agenda, Senate President Steve Yarbrough declared that HB 2287 was dead for the session.

HB 2477, which would reform asset forfeiture laws, raise the standard of proof in forfeiture cases, and require greater accountability and reporting of seized assets by law enforcement, passed unanimously out of the Senate Judiciary committee on March 23.
 
SB 1122, which would prohibit the search of any federal or state database as a requirement for transferring personal property (such as your firearms), passed out of the House Federalism, Property Rights and Public Policy (FPRPP) committee on March 21.

SB 1159, which would protect property owners from liability if they respect your fundamental right of self-defense, cleared the Senate and was followed by a “Do Pass” recommendation from the House Judiciary and Public Safety committee.  The bill is now sitting in the House Rules committee which, apparently at the behest of the House Leadership, will not schedule SB 1159 for a review.

SB 1344, the AzCDL-requested bill that would clarify that state and local governments cannot regulate the possession of weapons by employees or contractors in or on property or vehicles owned by the employee or contractor, was scheduled for a House Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing on Thursday, March 23.  However, the House was not able to conduct the COW as planned.  We expect SB 1344 to appear on a COW calendar in the coming week.

We thank everyone who has taken action on legislation via the Legislature’s Request to Speak (RTS) system and AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center.  It’s your activism that helps determine the outcome of these bills.

March 23, 2017

Has the Legislative Leadership caved to anti-rights pressure?

Shortly after Americans for Responsible Solutions visited Arizona bragging about a war chest of $15 Million to spend on legislators supporting their anti-rights agenda, the progress of two significant pro-rights gun bills, HB 2287 and SB 1159 ground to a halt.  Coincidence?... 

After HB 2287 passed out of the House, followed by a “Do Pass” recommendation from the Senate Government committee, Senate President Steve Yarbrough suddenly declared that “The Senate is not going to consider this bill” in an interview with the Arizona Republic.  And, as the Chairman of the Senate Rules committee, he will not let the bill be heard by his committee.  When did the Senate become a dictatorship?

HB 2287 would amend “Shannon’s Law” that was passed 17 years ago after the tragic death of a teenager killed by celebratory gunfire.  The stated purpose of the law was to punish people who recklessly fired their guns in the air without considering the consequences of their actions.  Unfortunately the requirement for a conviction under Shannon’s Law is the low standard of “criminal negligence” which allows prosecutors to categorize virtually every accidental or negligent firearms discharge as a Class 6 felony.  HB 2287 would change the requirement to “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly” discharging a firearm, in keeping with the original intent of the law.

SB 1159 cleared the Senate and was followed by a “Do Pass” recommendation from the House Judiciary and Public Safety committee.  The bill is now sitting in the House Rules committee which, apparently at the behest of the House Leadership, will not schedule SB 1159 for a review.  When did the House become an oligarchy where a few dictate to the many?

March 18, 2017

Legislative Update.

The status of proposed legislation we are monitoring can be found on AzCDL’s Bill Tracking page.

The coming week marks a critical deadline for legislation.  On March 24 all Senate bills must be heard in House committees and all House bills must be heard in Senate committees.  Any bill not meeting this deadline is dead for the session.

The following are updates on key bills whose status has changed this past week or have hearings scheduled in the coming week.

HB 2117, which originally was a bill about the state militia, is scheduled for a March 22 Senate Government hearing with a proposed “strike everything” amendment from the sponsor that would change it to a bill about school vehicles.  For all practical purposes the original bill is dead for the session.

HB 2216, which would make it unlawful to “require a person to use or be subject to electronic firearm tracking technology,” passed out of the Senate Government committee on March 15 and is on the Senate Rules committee agenda for Monday, March 20.

HCR 2029, a proposed constitutional amendment that would require statewide ballot measure petitions to have a specific percentage of signatures from each legislative district, demonstrating actual statewide support, is scheduled for a March 23 Senate Judiciary committee hearing.

SB 1122, which would prohibit the search of any federal or state database as a requirement for transferring personal property (like your firearms), has been rescheduled for a March 21 hearing in the House Federalism, Property Rights and Public Policy (FPRPP) committee.

Recently former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, representing their Americans for Responsible Solutions anti-rights organization, delivered an ultimatum to the Arizona Legislature, pass citizen disarmament legislation or face election challenges.  They also parroted the promise we have been hearing from Bloomberg’s Astroturf organizations – if the Legislature doesn’t comply, they will disarm us via a ballot measure.   They also bragged about their $15 Million war chest to spend on legislators supporting their cause. 

When we see legislators cratering on pro-rights legislation this session, is it a “coincidence” or the lure of potential campaign funding?

March 11, 2017

Legislative Update.

The status of proposed legislation we are monitoring can be found on AzCDL’s Bill Tracking page.

The following are updates on bills whose status has changed this past week or have hearings scheduled in the coming week.

HB 2216, which would make it unlawful to “require a person to use or be subject to” electronic firearm tracking technology, was held by the Senate Government committee pending introduction of a possible amendment.

SB 1122, which would prohibit the search of any federal or state database as a requirement for transferring personal property (like your firearms), is scheduled for a March 14 hearing by the House Federalism, Property Rights and Public Policy (FPRPP) committee.

SB 1159, the AzCDL-requested “gun free zone liability” legislation, passed out of the House Judiciary and Public Safety committee on March 8.

SB 1344, which would remove the authority of political subdivisions to regulate firearms possession of employees and contractors on their personal property or vehicles, also passed out of the House Judiciary and Public Safety committee on March 8.

The next step for SB 1159 and SB 1344 is a House Rules committee review.  Following that they will need to pass House Committee of the Whole (COW) hearings and Third Read floor votes.

March 5, 2017

Legislative Update.

We thank everyone who has taken the time to contact your legislators and committee members to urge the passage of pro-rights bills.  You are making a difference!

Getting bills passed in the Senate this year is our biggest challenge.  The Arizona Senate has 30 members.  Thirteen of them are Democrats.  Seventeen are Republicans.  A bill needs sixteen votes to pass in the Senate.  With very rare exceptions, Democrats will vote as a bloc against legislation restoring or protecting your right to keep and bear arms.  Unfortunately, we cannot always count on Republicans to vote for your rights.   If all 13 Democrats are going to vote against a pro-rights firearm bill, then 16 Republican votes are needed for it to pass.  If just 2 Republicans fail to vote for a bill, it fails.  That’s what we are encountering this year.

Below are key pro-rights firearms bills that have recently moved on the Senate floor.  In each case, all the Democrats voted against the bill.  We are highlighting the Republican Senators who have joined the Democrats in voting against your right to keep and bear arms.

SB 1122, which would prohibit the search of any federal or state database as a requirement for transferring personal property (like your firearms), passed out of the Senate on March 1 by a 16 to 14 vote.  Republican Senator Kate Brophy McGee (LD 28) voted against the passage of SB 1122.

SB 1159, the AzCDL-requested “gun free zone liability” legislation, passed out of the Senate on February 28 by a 16 to 14 vote.  Republican Senator Kate Brophy McGee (LD 28) voted against the passage of SB 1159.

SB 1243, the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from disarming in public buildings or events that don’t screen everyone for weapons, failed in the Senate on February 28 by a 14 to 16 vote.  Republican Senators Kate Brophy McGee (LD 28), Frank Pratt (LD 8) and Bob Worsley (LD 25) voted to defeat SB 1243.  Senator Worsley has voted against similar versions of the same legislation every year it has been introduced.

SB 1344, which would remove the authority of political subdivisions to regulate firearms possession of employees and contractors on their personal property or vehicles, passed out of the Senate on February 28 by a 16 to 14 vote.  Republican Senator Kate Brophy McGee (LD 28) voted against the passage of SB 1344.

With the thin margin of pro-rights votes in the Senate, it’s critical that we let our Senators know when we want legislation to pass.  Doing nothing is surrendering to those who want to disarm us.

In the 60 member House, there are thirty-five Republicans and twenty-five Democrats.  Thirty-one votes are needed for a bill to pass.  While we can’t trust all Republicans to vote for pro-rights bills, the odds of passage in the House are greater than in the Senate.  The following are bills that have passed out of the House and have been sent to the Senate.

HB 2022, which would allow for .22 caliber (or smaller) rimfire snake or rat shot to be discharged within the limits of a municipality, passed out of the House on February 1 and the Senate Government committee on March 1.

HB 2117, which would clarify that members of the state militia have a right to keep and bear arms, passed out of the House on February 23 and is waiting for a Senate Committee assignment.

HB 2216, which would make it unlawful to “require a person to use or be subject to” electronic firearm tracking technology, passed out of the House on February 6 and has been assigned to the Senate Government committee.

HB 2287, which would change the requirement for prosecuting the unlawful discharge of a firearm as a Class 6 felony from “criminal negligence” to “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly,” passed out of the House on February 9 and the Senate Government committee on March 1. 

HCR 2029, a proposed constitutional amendment that would require statewide ballot measure petitions to have a specific percentage of signatures from each legislative district, demonstrating actual statewide support, passed out of the House on March 1 and has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary committee.

More information on these, and other, bills that we are monitoring can be found on AzCDL’s Bill Tracking page.

February 25, 2017

Legislative Update.

The following bills have passed out of the House and are scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Government Committee on March 1. 

HB 2022 would add an exception to the “unlawful discharge of firearms” near an occupied structure for .22 caliber (or smaller) snake or rat shot.

HB 2216 would make it illegal to use “electronic firearm tracking technology”.

HB 2287 would change the culpable mental state for an unlawful firearm discharge from criminal negligence to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly.

SB 1159 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would protect property owners, who recognize your right of self-defense by not posting “No Weapons” signs, from being held liable for other people misusing firearms on their property.

SB 1243 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed on state and local government property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons. 

SB 1344 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would clarify that state and local governments cannot regulate the possession of weapons by employees or contractors in or on property or vehicles owned by the employee or contractor.

February 21, 2017

Legislative Update.

This week, the Legislature is focusing on Committee of the Whole (COW) hearings and Third Read floor votes for bills that survived the committee hearing deadlines.  It is our understanding that they want bills that survive COW and Third Read to be sent over the other chamber by the end of the week.

In the Senate, there are three bills that we are expecting to be scheduled for COW hearings and floor votes.

SB 1159 would protect property owners, who recognize your right of self-defense by not posting “No Weapons” signs, from being held liable for other people misusing firearms on their property.

SB 1243 would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed on state and local government property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons.

SB 1344 would clarify that state and local governments cannot regulate the possession of weapons by employees or contractors in or on property or vehicles owned by the employee or contractor.

February 19, 2017

Legislative Update.

HCR 2029 is scheduled for a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Wednesday, February 22.  Please log into your RTS accounts and urge the committee members to vote for the passage of HCR 2029.

HCR 2029 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would require ballot measure petitions to have a specific percentage of signatures from each legislative district in the state.  Current petition requirements are based simply on the state population regardless of location, making it possible for districts with large urban populations to override the will of voters in less populated districts.  As the saying goes, “Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch.”  That’s the effect of Arizona’s current ballot petitioning requirements.

With the exception of Appropriations committees, Friday, February 17, was the deadline for bills to be heard in committees in their originating chamber (House or Senate).   Of the 34 bills we are monitoring only 14 met this critical deadline.  The good news is that, thanks to AzCDL’s efforts at the Capitol, all the anti-rights firearms bills are dead for the session.  Included in the bad bills were two that would have established gun owner registration in Arizona via “universal background checks.”  Visit our Bill Tracking page for the status and summary of legislation we are monitoring this session.

The next critical deadline is a little over a month from now on March 24.  That’s when all surviving House bills must be heard in Senate committees and vice versa.  Most of the remaining pro-rights bills we support will need Committee of the Whole (COW) hearings and Third Read floor votes in their originating chamber before they can proceed.

February 11, 2017

Legislative Update.

Thanks to the emails AzCDL supporters sent to their Representatives the following bills passed out of the House this week and have been sent to the Senate.  For these bills, the process of committee hearings and floor votes starts all over again in the Senate.

HB 2216, the bill that would make it illegal to use “electronic firearm tracking technology,” passed out of the House on February 2 and was sent to the Senate on February 6. 

HB 2287, which would change the culpable mental state for an unlawful firearm discharge, passed out of the House on February 9 and was sent to the Senate on February 10.

Thanks to AzCDL activists voicing their opinion via the Legislature’s Request to Speak (RTS) system, the following bills passed out of the Senate Government committee on February 8.

SB 1122 would prohibit searching federal or state databases as a requirement for transferring personal property.  It would also prohibit requiring a third party to be involved in the transfer.  If enacted, this law would apply to private firearm transfers.

SB 1159 is the AzCDL-requested “gun free zone liability” legislation.  If a property is not posted as a gun free zone, the owner of the property would not be liable in a civil action for damages resulting from another person using a weapon.

The following bills are scheduled for committee hearings in the coming week and need your input via the RTS system

HB 2475, which would repeal the statutes that allow high schools to teach the safe handling of firearms and bows, is scheduled for hearing in the House Education committee on Monday, February 13.  Please oppose (vote against) HB 2475 using your RTS account.

SB 1210, which would expand and clarify the statutes that penalize political subdivisions (counties, cities, towns, agencies, etc.) for violating state preemption laws, is schedule for a Senate Government committee hearing on Wednesday, February 15.  These are the statutes that were used to stop Tucson from destroying seized firearms.  Please vote for SB 1210 using RTS.

SB 1344, which would remove the authority of political subdivisions from regulating firearms possession of the independent contractors working for them, is also scheduled for a Senate Government committee hearing on February 15.  Current law treats independent contractors as employees when it comes to regulation of personal weapons.  Please vote for SB 1344 using RTS.

February 6, 2017

14,000 AzCDL Members.

Congratulations to all our dedicated and hard working volunteers!   At our first ever gun show in Quartzsite, at the end of January, AzCDL volunteers recruited our 14,000th member.

We’ve come a long way.   AzCDL was formed in 2005 when seven activists decided to do something about the loss of the right to keep and 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 made history 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 declared Arizona as the number one state for gun owners for three consecutive years.  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, which includes full time lobbying at the Capitol and advanced services like our Legislative Action Center.
     
  • If you are an existing member, please consider upgrading your membership.  Our policy is to apply all membership donations towards a life membership.  For more information, contact Fred (treasurer@azcdl.org).
     
  • During this 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 significant results. 
     
  • 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.

February 4, 2017

Legislative Update.

 HB 2216, the bill that would make it illegal to use “electronic firearm tracking technology,” passed out of the House Committee of the Whole (COW) on February 2.  A formal Third Read floor vote is scheduled for Monday, February 6. 

HB 2287, which would change the culpable mental state for an unlawful firearm discharge, is scheduled for a House COW hearing on Tuesday, February 6.  Under current law if you discharge your firearm within one mile of an occupied structure it is considered criminal negligence and a Class 6 felony (there are exceptions for shooting ranges, hunting, etc.).  The proposed law would require proof that you knowingly or recklessly discharged your firearm and reduce the distance from an occupied structure to a quarter mile.  In more practical terms, there’s a big difference between “accidently” putting a hole in your dresser versus standing in your driveway launching off rounds on New Year’s Eve.  The former is unintentional.  The latter is deliberate and reckless.

The following bills are scheduled for hearings in the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, February 8, and need your support via the Legislature’s Request to Speak (RTS) system.

SB 1122 would prohibit searching federal or state databases as a requirement for transferring personal property.  It would also prohibit requiring a third party to be involved in the transfer.  If enacted, this law would apply to private firearm transfers.

SB 1159 is the AzCDL-requested “gun free zone liability” legislation.  If a property is not posted as a gun free zone, the owner of the property would not be liable in a civil action for damages resulting from another person using a weapon.  To put it another way, if property is posted as a “gun free zone,” the owner may be liable as the result of someone using a weapon.

SB 1344 would remove the authority of political subdivisions to regulate firearms possession of independent contractors working for a political subdivision.  Current law treats independent contractors as employees when it comes to regulation of personal weapons.

February 1, 2017

Legislative Update.

HB 2216 is scheduled for a House Committee of the Whole (COW) debate on Thursday, February 2.  A COW hearing is where the entire chamber debates the merits of proposed legislation.  For firearms related bills it usually means a lot of wailing and whining by anti-rights legislators eager to disarm you.  It’s important that we put as much pressure as possible on our legislators to pass bills that restore and protect our rights.

HB 2216 would make it illegal to require a person to be subject to “electronic firearm tracking technology” or to disclose information about a person or their firearm using electronic firearm technology.  Electronic firearm tracking technology means systems, databases, etc. that store and track information about you and your firearms.

January 30, 2017

Request to Speak (RTS) system access.

RTS accounts must be created using an official RTS terminal either at the state Capitol in Phoenix or the state offices in Tucson.  If you create an RTS account online you will not be able to use it until you are logged in via one of the official terminals. 

The RTS system was created in the last century as a way for people to notify a committee chair that they wished to testify at a committee hearing.   The expectation was that you would show up at the Capitol and personally submit your request to testify.  With the automation of RTS, an added convenience is that citizens can also state their positions about a bill online, without having to testify, after creating an account using one of the Capitol terminals. 

Since the RTS terminals are not readily accessible to AzCDL members, we will do what we can to help you create your RTS account.  If you need assistance in setting up a new account or activating an existing one, and you are a current AzCDL member, contact Fred at treasurer@azcdl.org.  Not a member or your membership has expired?  You can join or renew here.

Let committee members know you vote by updating your RTS profile.  Log in to your RTS account. Click on your name to bring up the Account Management screen.  Click on the “Update Personal Information” tab.  Click “Yes” after the question “Do you wish to identify yourself as an Arizona voter?”  Follow the onscreen instructions to verify your voter registration.

January 28, 2017

Legislative Update.

The following pro-rights firearms bills are scheduled for committee hearings in the coming week.  Details about these and other bills can be found at AzCDL’s Bill Tracking page.

HB 2318, which would require a conviction of a crime before a concealed weapons permit can be revoked, is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary and Public Safety committee on Wednesday, February 1.

SB 1243, the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from disarming in public (state and local government controlled) buildings or events that do not screen everyone entering for weapons, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Government committee on Wednesday, February 1.

Use your RTS account to voice your opinion on these bills.

This past week, thanks to your activism, the following bills passed out of their respective committees.

HB 2117, which would strengthen the rights of state militia members, passed out of the House Federalism, Property Rights and Public Policy (FPRPP) committee hearing on Tuesday, January 24.

HB 2216, which would make it illegal to track firearms or their owners via electronic systems, databases, etc., passed out of the House Judiciary and Public Safety committee hearing on Wednesday, January 25.

HB 2287, which would change the language regarding the culpable mental state required to prove a person unlawfully discharged a firearm, also passed out of the House Judiciary and Public Safety committee hearing on Wednesday, January 25.

These bills will need a House Rules committee hearing before they can be debated in the House Committee of the Whole (COW).

Committee hearings continue to be a priority in the coming weeks.  The deadline for bills to be heard in committees in the originating chamber (House or Senate) is Friday, February 17, just a few weeks away.

January 22, 2017

Legislative Update.

This week, three pro-rights firearms bills that AzCDL is supporting are scheduled for committee hearings.  Details about these and other bills we are monitoring can be found at our Bill Tracking page.

HB 2117, which would strengthen the rights of state militia members, is scheduled for a House Federalism, Property Rights and Public Policy (FPRPP) committee hearing on Tuesday, January 24.

HB 2216, which would make it illegal to track firearms or their owners via electronic systems, databases, etc., is scheduled for a House Judiciary and Public Safety committee hearing on Wednesday, January 25.

HB 2287, which would change the language regarding the culpable mental state required to prove a person unlawfully discharged a firearm, is also schedule for a House Judiciary and Public Safety committee hearing on Wednesday, January 25.

The Request to Speak (RTS) system is the preferred method to register your position on bills scheduled for committee hearings.

January 15, 2017

Legislative Update.

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 8, 2017

Arizona’s 2017 legislative session.

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

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

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

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

January 6, 2017

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill filed.

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

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

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

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

December 27, 2016

Making a Difference.

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

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

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

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

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

November 11, 2016

Election Aftermath.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

October 14, 2016

Tucson Firearms Destruction – Attorney General Investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 12, 2016

Annual Meeting Audio.

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

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

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

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

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

August 18, 2016

State Department Tragets Gunsmiths.

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

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

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

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

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

July 18, 2016

Terrorism, the Tueller Dirll and the Definition of Insanity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 10, 2016

“Concealed” Carry Illegal?

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 13, 2016

Legislative Recap.

The 2016 Legislative session is officially over.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 16, 2015

Arizona rated best state for Concealed Carry - Again!

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

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

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

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

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

July 23, 2015

Arizona rated best state for gun owners - again!

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

States were measured by the following criteria:

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 19, 2015

Nevada recognizes Arizona CCW permits again.

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

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

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

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

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

December 22, 2014

Gilbert allows discreet carry in city buildings.

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

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

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

September 27, 2014

Arizona rated best state for Concealed Carry!

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

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

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

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

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

May 25, 2014

Arizona rated best state for gun owners - again!

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

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

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

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

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

With your continued support we can achieve that goal.

May 23, 2014

Pennsylvania Reciprocity.

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

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

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

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

March 18, 2013

Arizona rated best state for gun owners!

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

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

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

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

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

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