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April 30, 2016

Action Alert!  The End is Near.

The Legislature has been working on the budget for the last few weeks.  Committee of the Whole (COW) hearings and floor votes on budget bills are expected to occur this coming week.  After the Legislature passes the budget we expect them to plow through all the remaining non-budget bills then adjourn the session by the end of the week. 

This means this may be your last chance to put pressure on your legislators to pass pro-rights legislation.
 
If you have not sent your letters to your legislators on the bills listed below, do not wait any longer.  A few mouse clicks on your part can make the difference on whether these bills pass or not.  Doing nothing is the same as supporting their defeat.

HB 2081, which would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.  Click here to send your letter to your Senator telling them to vote for HB 2081.

HB 2338
, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit 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, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor. Click here to send your letter to your Senator telling them to vote for HB 2338.

HB 2524
, the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than existing federal law, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.  Click here to send your letter to your Senator telling them to vote for HB 2524.

SB 1257, t
he AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons, only needs Senate concurrence and a Final Read Vote before being sent to the Governor.  Click here to send your message telling your Senator to vote for the passage of SB 1257.

From some of your emails, there appears to be some confusion about SB 1257.  Passage of SB 1257 only applies to state and local government facilities.  It will not affect the existing law that allows those with valid CCW permits to carry discreetly in restaurants that serve alcohol that do not post “no weapons” signsClick here to send your message telling your Senator to vote for the passage of SB 1257.

SB 1266, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, only needs to pass a House Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor. Click here to send your letter to your Representatives telling them to vote for SB 1266.

The status and summary of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our
Bill Tracking page.  You can find all the emails on the above bills addressed to your legislators, prepared and ready for you to send, at our Legislative Action Center’s Hot Issues page.

April 26, 2016

Action Alert!  Contact your Senator.

Great news!  SB 1257, the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons, passed out of the House on April 26 and was sent back to the Senate for concurrence and a Final Read vote.  We thank everyone who sent an email to their Representatives.  Your activism worked!

At the request of the Governor’s Office, SB 1257 was amended in the House to exempt facilities operated by Special Health Care Districts.  Currently, there is only one special health care district facility and it is located in Maricopa County.

As amended by the House, if a state, county or local facility’s only protection is a “no weapons” sign, then anyone with a CCW permit would not be required to disarm when entering, with the following exceptions:

  • Courts, jails, law enforcement agencies.
  • Federal facilities.
  • Schools, colleges or universities.
  • The Arizona State Hospital.
  • The facility operated by the Special Health Care District in Maricopa County.
  • Public establishments licensed to serve alcohol.

Assuming the Senate concurs with the House version of the bill containing the language requested by the Governor’s office, we would not expect to see SB 1257 vetoed by the Governor when it reaches his desk. 

Let’s not leave anything to chance.  It’s time for everyone to contact your Senators to tell them to vote for SB 1257 as amended.  A new email has already been prepared for you to send to your Senator.  Click here to send your message telling your Senator to vote for the passage of SB 1257.

April 22, 2016

Legislative Update.

SB 1257, the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons, has been scheduled for a House Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing for Monday, April 25.  After several conversations with the Governor’s staff, they have not requested any changes to SB 1257.  However, we anticipate there will be attempts to kill the bill on the House floor via hostile amendments.  Even if you have contacted your Representatives, click here to send your letter telling them to support SB 1257 without hostile amendments.

The following is the status of the remaining key bills we have been waiting for the Legislature to act on.  If you have not contacted your legislators about these bills, there is still time.  Letters have been prepared and are waiting for you to send.  A few mouse clicks is all that is necessary.  Start by clicking the link for each bill listed below.

HB 2081, which would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.  Click here to send your letter to your Senator telling them to vote for HB 2081.

HB 2338
, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit 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, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor. Click here to send your letter to your Senator telling them to vote for HB 2338.

HB 2524
, the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than existing federal law, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.  Click here to send your letter to your Senator telling them to vote for HB 2524.

SB 1266
, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, only needs to pass a House Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor. Click here to send your letter to your Representatives telling them to vote for SB 1266.

April 20, 2016

The Bloomberg Threat.

In 2014, Bloomberg and his billionaire buddies poured over $10 million into the passage of their gun owner registration scheme in Washington State via a ballot measure (I-594) similar to what we expect to see filed in Arizona.  In a press release crowing about their Washington success, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety stated they were also targeting Nevada, Maine and Arizona for the same treatment.  In 2015, Bloomberg’s groups successfully met the requirements to get their gun owner registration scheme on the 2016 Nevada ballot.  Earlier this year, they met similar requirements in Maine.

Arizona is next.  Thanks to AzCDL, with the passage of Constitutional Carry and other good gun laws, Arizona has been ranked as the number one state for gun owners for the last three years.  Taking us down is the gun grabbers’ number one goal.

Yet, in response to our recent fund raising efforts to battle Bloomberg’s assault on Arizona, we’re hearing “This is Arizona – it will never happen here” as if there was some invisible force field surrounding the state that prevented voters from being duped.  Here is what is happening.

Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns set up shop in Arizona in 2013.  In 2014 they changed their Arizona business name to Everytown for Gun Safety.  In 2015 four identical bills criminalizing the private transfer of firearms were filed.  Thanks to AzCDL’s involvement, these bills were defeated early in the session.  Three nearly identical bills were filed again this session.  Again, thanks to AzCDL’s involvement they were defeated early.  These bills are an obvious prelude to a Bloomberg backed ballot measure that we expect to see.

The Arizona Constitution contains a provision that can override any law passed (or stopped) by the Legislature.  It’s called the “Initiative Petition.”  Per the Arizona Constitution, once the required number of signatures is obtained, an initiative cannot be prevented from appearing on a ballot for a vote.  Most Western states have similar provisions in their constitutions.  However in Arizona, once an inititave is passed, it cannot be overturned by the Legislature.  The initiative petition process was how gun owner registration became law in Washington in 2014.  In Nevada, the petition requirements were met in 2015 and Bloomberg’s gun owner registration initiative will be on their ballot this November.

In Arizona, this election season, only 150,642 signatures are needed to meet the requirements for an initiative petition.  For a billionaire like Bloomberg, that’s easy work using paid signature gatherers.  And this year it will be even easier.  With several initiatives being filed to legalize marijuana in Arizona, left leaning voters will be flocking to petition signature gathering tables likes moths to a flame.  Once the signatures are gathered, Bloomberg’s organizations have until July 7 to file their petition.

Based on legislation that has been filed (but failed) in Arizona, and the successful template used in Washington, we expect the ballot measure to call for “universal background checks” on all private firearm transfers.  Polling shows that 90% of non-gun owners see this as a great idea.  All they’ll see in the voting booth will be focus group tested sound bites about criminals getting guns.  They won’t see the fine print that reveals a gun owner registration scheme.  In Washington over $10 Million was spent on the passage of their gun owner registration measure.  Think Bloomberg and his billionaire buddies won’t spend that or more in Arizona?  Think again.

We’re in this largely alone.  In Washington, Bloomberg and his allies spent over $10 Million.  Opposition from national pro-rights gun groups was minimal with only about $600,000 being spent.  Yet, despite that the Washington ballot measure, I-594, passed with only 59% of the vote.  That tells us that if “our” side comes out strongly in favor of our rights on Election Day we can defeat Bloomberg's money.

This year we are also working on possible legislative remedies, like the interstate firearms transfer compact, that could stop Bloomberg in his tracks.  Assuming it passes, we will need funds to push for the passage of identical bills in other states.  There are other bills in the pipeline this session that might provide openings for potential litigation to stop Bloomberg. 

After winning at the Capitol, we’ll need to be ready for court battles and lobbying in other states.  For that, we need a lot more money than we have now.  That’s where the fund raising comes in.  We can win this – but only with your help.  Please, donate today!

April 16, 2016

Legislative Update.

After two weeks, the Legislature is still haggling over the budget.  It looks like this is going to drag on for at least another week.

On April 12, the Democrats in the House of Representatives took a break from jawboning about the budget to complain about the decades-old practice of allowing legislators to carry firearms in the Capitol.  Their solution? Propose a rule change on the floor to forbid it. For those interested in watching hypocrisy in action, you can view the video here.  The debate on the firearms rule starts around the 1:05 hour mark. 

Some good news did come out of the Capitol this week.  SB 1257, the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons, passed out of the House Rules Committee on April 13.  It was the only bill scheduled for a House Rules Committee hearing this week.  We thank Speaker of the House David Gowan for making this happen.  The next steps for SB 1257 are a House Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing and, assuming it passes out of COW, a Third Read vote.  None of that is expected to happen until the Legislature is finished wrangling over the budget.

Also still on hold due to budget negotiations are the following bills.

SB 1266, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, only needs to pass a House Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor

HB 2081, which would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.

HB 2338
, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit 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, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.

HB 2524
, the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than existing federal law, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.

April 9, 2016

Legislative Update.

Action on non-budget legislation remains suspended while the Legislature continues to focus on the state budget.  We expect the session to get back on track within the next week.

The status and summary of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.  If you have not sent your emails telling your legislators to support the legislation listed below, this is perfect opportunity to do so.  You can find all the emails addressed to your legislators, prepared and ready for you to send, at our Legislative Action Center’s Hot Issues page.

The following is the status of the key bills we are monitoring.

HB 2081, which would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.

HB 2338
, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit 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, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.

HB 2524
, the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than existing federal law, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.

SB 1257 is t
he AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons.  SB 1257 needs to pass out of the House Rules Committee in order to proceed to a House Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing.  We have been assured by Speaker of the House David Gowan that SB 1257 will be heard in the House Rules Committee this coming week.

SB 1266, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, only needs to pass a House Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.

April 1, 2016

Legislative Update.

Great News!  On Wednesday, March 30, Governor Ducey signed HB 2224 into law.   HB 2224 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit the state or any political subdivision from charging or levying a fee, tax, assessment, lien or other encumbrance on the transfer of a firearm between private parties who are not prohibited possessors.

We thank all of you who took the time to contact the Governor.  You made a difference!

For the next couple of weeks, progress on all non-budget legislation will be deferred while the Legislature focuses on the state budget.  The following is the status of the key bills we are monitoring.

SB 1257 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons.  We have learned that the Governor’s office is getting pressure from state agencies and local governments about the cost of preventing law-abiding citizens, the only people who currently obey the “no guns” signs, from entering their facilities if SB 1257 becomes law.  The Legislative leadership is also being pressured to prevent SB 1257 from getting to the Governor.  SB 1257 has already passed out of the Senate.   We are working with the Governor’s staff and the House Leadership to ensure that SB 1257 will not be buried and will get to the House floor.

HB 2081, which would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers, passed out of the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) on March 24.  It only needs a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.

HB 2338
, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit 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, passed out of the Senate COW on March 28.  It only needs a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.

HB 2524
, the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than existing federal law, passed out of the Senate COW on March 28.  It only needs a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.

SB 1266
, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, passed out of the House COW on March 24.  It only needs a House Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.

March 25, 2016

Legislative Update.

We thank everyone who has been contacting their legislators.  Your activism made a difference!  Good bills continue to move in the right direction.  The following is the status of the key bills we are monitoring.

HB 2081, which would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers, passed out of the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) on March 24.  We are expecting it to be scheduled for a Third Read floor vote next week.

HB 2224, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit the state or any political subdivision from charging or levying a fee, tax, assessment, lien or other encumbrance on the transfer of a firearm between private parties who are not prohibited possessors, passed out of Senate on March 24 and was sent back to the House.  From there, it will be sent to the Governor.  When that happens we will prepare a letter for you to send to Governor Ducey urging him to sign HB 2224. 
 
HB 2338, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit 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, is scheduled for a March 28 Senate COW hearing..

HB 2524, the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than existing federal law, is scheduled for a March 28 Senate COW hearing.

SB 1266, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, passed out of the House COW on March 24.  We are expecting it to be scheduled for a Third Read floor vote next week.

SB 1257 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons.  We have learned that the Governor’s office is getting pressure from state agencies and local governments about the cost of preventing law-abiding citizens, the only people who currently obey the “no guns” signs, from entering their facilities if SB 1257 becomes law. 

The message is that state bureaucrats are comfortable with the current law that lets armed criminals waltz past their meaningless “no guns” signs.  But, the thought of letting someone come in armed that underwent training, passed an extensive background check and received official government permission to carry a concealed weapon is beyond the pale.
 
In the coming week, we will attempt to meet with the Governor’s staff to see what they believe needs to be done to move SB 1257 out of the Legislature.  In the meantime, if you would like to express your opinion about SB 1257 to Governor Ducey, you can leave a comment at his website, http://azgovernor.gov/governor/form/contact-governor-ducey or call his office at (602) 542-4331.

March 18, 2016

Legislative Update.

Great news!  We thank everyone who took the time to contact committee members using the Request to Speak (RTS) system.  Your activism worked!  The bills listed below passed out of their respective committees and are heading for Committee of the Whole (COW) debates.  Following a successful COW hearing is a Third Read floor vote, the last major step before being sent to the Governor. 

It’s time to contact your Senator and Representatives and urge them to support the bills listed below.  For those familiar with this part of the process, all the emails to your legislators are prepared and waiting for you at AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center.

HB 2081 would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers.

HB 2224
is an AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit the state or any political subdivision from charging or levying a fee, tax, assessment, lien or other encumbrance on the transfer of a firearm between private parties who are not prohibited possessors.  .

HB 2338 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit 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. .

HB 2524 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than existing federal law.

SB 1257 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons. 

SB 1266 would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes.

March 12, 2016

Legislative Update.

Your activism continues to pay off!  We’re down to just a few bills that need committee hearings to proceed.  To progress, all House bills must be heard in Senate committees and all Senate bills must be heard in House committees by next Friday, March 18.

The following is the status of key bills we are monitoring.

HB 2081, which would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers, was sent to the Senate on February 19.  It passed out of the Senate Commerce and Workforce Development (CWD) Committee hearing on Monday, March 7.   The next step is the Senate Rules Committee.

HB 2224, which would prohibit the state or any political subdivision from charging additional fees, etc. on the transfer of a firearm between private parties who are not prohibited possessors, was sent to the Senate on February 19.  It passed out of the Senate Government Committee on March 2 followed by the Senate Rules Committee on March 7.  The next steps normally would be a Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing followed by a Third Read Vote.  We will send out an Action Alert to contact your Senator when further action is needed.
 
HB 2300, which would prohibit state and local governments from enforcing, or using resources to aid in the enforcement of, federal laws related to personal firearms, was sent to the Senate on February 29.  It has been scheduled for a Senate Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility (FMFR) Committee hearing on Tuesday, March 15.

HB 2338, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit 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, was sent to the Senate on February 29.  It passed out of the Senate Government Committee on March 9.  The next step is the Senate Rules Committee.

HB 2446, which would remove an outdated reference to the U.S. Department of Treasury when referencing the National Firearms Act, was sent to the Senate on February 19.  It passed out of the Senate Government Committee on March 9.  The next step is the Senate Rules Committee.

HB 2524, the AzCDL-requested interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearm transfer requirements stricter than federal law, was sent to the Senate on March 2nd.  It also passed out of the Senate Government Committee on March 9.  The next step is the Senate Rules Committee.

SB 1257, the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons, passed out of Senate and was sent to the House on March 3rd.  It has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee but has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

SB 1266, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, passed the Senate on February 18.  It has been scheduled for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, March 16.

SB 1452, which would require Arizona to not recognize and ban enforcement of unlawful federal executive actions or orders limiting our Second Amendment rights, passed out of the Senate on February 29.  It has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee but has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

March 8, 2016

Congratulations Raffle Winners.

On Sunday, March 6, at the Tucson gun show, the winning tickets were drawn for three Glock Model 34, Gen 4, long slide, 9mm pistols.

And the winners are……..

Ticket #95 belonging to AzCDL member Peter D.

Ticket #488 belonging to AzCDL member Robert S.

Ticket #619 belonging to AzCDL member Bohuslav C.

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 keep and bear arms in Arizona.

March 8, 2016

Committee Hearings Scheduled.

HB 2338 and HB 2524 have recently been scheduled for Senate Government hearings on Wednesday, March 9th.  Already scheduled for a hearing in the same committee is HB 2446.  

SB 1266 was scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, March 9, in the House Judiciary Committee but the committee meeting has been canceled.

HB 2338 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit 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.

HB 2446 would remove an outdated reference to the U.S. Department of Treasury when referencing the National Firearms Act.

HB 2524 is the AzCDL-requested interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearm transfer requirements stricter than federal law.

March 5, 2016

Legislative Update.

Your activism paid off!  Delays have been overcome and critical bills have crossed chambers.  Now the process starts anew.  The next critical deadline is March 18, a mere two weeks away, when all House bills must be heard in Senate committees and all Senate bills must be heard in House committees.

The following is the status of key bills we are monitoring.

HB 2081, which would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers, was sent to the Senate on February 19.  It has been scheduled for a Senate Commerce and Workforce Development (CWD) Committee hearing on Monday, March 7.

HB 2224, which would prohibit the state or any political subdivision from charging additional fees, etc. on the transfer of a firearm between private parties who are not prohibited possessors, was sent to the Senate on February 19.  It passed out of the Senate Government Committee on March 2nd and is on the Senate Rules Committee agenda for Monday, March 7.

HB 2300, which would prohibit state and local governments from enforcing or using resources to aid in the enforcement of federal laws related to personal firearms, was sent to the Senate on February 29.  It has been assigned to the Senate Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility (FMFR) Committee.  A hearing has not yet been scheduled.

HB 2338, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit 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, was sent to the Senate on February 29.  It has been assigned to the Senate Government Committee.  A hearing has not yet been scheduled.

HB 2446, which would remove an outdated reference to the U.S. Department of Treasury when referencing the National Firearms Act, was sent to the Senate on February 19.  It has been scheduled for a Senate Government Committee hearing on Wednesday, March 9.

HB 2524, the AzCDL-requested interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearm transfer requirement stricter than federal law, was sent to the Senate on March 2nd.  It has been assigned to the Senate Government Committee.  A hearing has not yet been scheduled.

After many delays, SB 1257, the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons, passed out of Senate and was sent to the House on March 3rd.  It is awaiting committee assignment.

SB 1266, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, passed the Senate on February 18.  It has been scheduled for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, March 9.

February 29, 2016

AzCDL Newsletter available online.

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

In this issue, you’ll find information on:

  • Current Arizona firearm related legislation.
     
  • How we can stop Bloomberg’s gun owner registration scheme.
     
  • Arizona’s legislative process – how it works and what you can do.
     
  • And more…….

February 27, 2016

Floor Votes & Committee Hearings.

We thank everyone who took the time to send emails to their legislators.  You made a difference!  The following bills passed out of the House Committee of the Whole (COW) and are scheduled for one more floor vote (Third Read) before being sent to the Senate.  The emails to your Representatives have been updated to urge them to vote for these bills during Third Read.  Please click on the links below to send your message.

HB 2300 would prohibit the state and local governments from enforcing or using resources to aid in the enforcement of federal laws related to personal firearms.  Click here to send your email to your Representatives on HB 2300.

HB 2338 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit 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.  Click here to send your email to your Representatives on HB 2338.

HB 2524 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than existing federal law.  Click here to send your email to your Representatives on HB 2524.

In the Senate, we are expecting to see SB 1257 on the COW calendar this coming week.  SB 1257 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons. If you have not contacted  your Senator about SB 1257, click here to send your email.

Also needing your support in the Senate is HB 2224, which would prohibit the state or any political subdivision from charging or levying a fee, tax, assessment, lien or other encumbrance on the transfer of a firearm between private parties who are not prohibited possessors.  HB 2224 passed out of the House and was sent to the Senate on February 19.  

HB 2224 is scheduled for a Senate Government Committee hearing on Wednesday, March 2nd.  Now is the time to use the Request to Speak (RTS) system to tell the committee members that you want them to support HB 2224.  If you had registered your opinion on HB 2224 when it was in a House committee, you will need to again register your opinion for the Senate committee.  The “votes” do not carry across chambers.

February 24, 2015

Stop Gun Owner Registration.

HB 2524 has been scheduled for a House Committee of the Whole (COW) debate on Thursday, February 25.  Click here to tell your Representatives to support HB 2524.

HB 2524 provides our best opportunity to derail the coming Bloomberg financed ballot measure to establish gun owner registration in Arizona before it happens.

The passage of HB 2524 would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements greater than existing federal law.  In essence, this would create a ceiling that state law could not exceed.  Current federal law has few limitations on intrastate private party firearm transfers between non-prohibited possessors.

Compacts between states supersede individual state law.  An example of an interstate compact is the uniform recognition of our drivers’ licenses.  Once HB 2524 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.

Click here to tell your Representatives to support HB 2524You may send it as is, or add your own comments.  It only takes a few mouse clicks to make your voice heard.
 
The passage of HB 2524 is critical.  Under Arizona’s Constitution, as long as the petition signature gathering process is successful, a measure will appear on the ballot.  The Legislature cannot prevent it.  Once passed, a ballot measure is essentially permanent.  The Legislature cannot override it. 

Bloomberg funded anti-rights groups are exploiting this weakness in several state constitutions.  They spent over $10 Million on the passage of a ballot measure in Washington in 2014.  In 2015 they succeeded in meeting the petition signature gathering requirements in Nevada and Maine.  As a result, they will see gun owner registration schemes on their 2016 ballots.  They will come to Arizona.  HB 2524 is the way to stop them.

February 23, 2016

Contact Legislators.

HB 2300 and HB 2338 are scheduled for House Committee of the Whole (COW) debates on Wednesday, February 24.   Now is the time for you to contact your Representatives and urge them to support these bills.

HB 2300 would prohibit the state and local governments from enforcing or using resources to aid in the enforcement of federal laws related to personal firearms.  Click here to send your email to your Representatives on HB 2300.

HB 2338 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit 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.  Click here to send your email to your Representatives on HB 2338.

In the Senate, we are expecting SB 1257 to soon be rescheduled for a COW hearing.  SB 1257 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons. No more hiding behind a cheap cardboard “no guns” sign.  Click here to send your email to your Senator on SB 1257.

February 21, 2016

Legislative Update.

The deadline for all bills to be heard in committees in their originating chamber (House or Senate) was Friday, February 19. Over half the bills that we were monitoring failed to meet that deadline.  They are dead for the remainder of the session.  The good news is that the progress of the bad bills is over.  The not so good news is that a number of good bills also did not meet the deadline.  In particular, HB 2072, this year’s iteration of Campus Carry, was among the casualties.

The following key firearms related bills survived the committee hearing deadline and are moving through the legislative process.

HB 2081, which would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers, passed out of the House and was sent to the Senate on February 19. 

HB 2224, which would prohibit the state or any political subdivision from charging or levying a fee, tax, assessment, lien or other encumbrance on the transfer of a firearm between private parties who are not prohibited possessors, also passed out of the House and was sent to the Senate on February 19. 
 
HB 2338, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit the governing board of educational institutions from banning firearms on a public right of way, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 17.

HB 2524, the AzCDL-requested interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearm transfer requirement stricter than federal law, also passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 17.

SB 1257, the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons, was on the calendar for a Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) debate on February 15 but was “retained.”  We expect to see it calendared again in the next few days. 

SB 1266, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, passed out of the Senate and was sent to the House on Thursday, February 18.
 
Bills passing out of the House to the Senate and vice versa begin the review process all over.  They must survive additional committee hearings and floor votes.  The next critical deadline is Friday, March 18.  That’s when all surviving Senate bills must be heard in House committees and all surviving House bills must be heard in Senate committees.

February 13, 2016

RTS Alert  - Gun Owner Protection Interstate Compact.

Two AzCDL-requested bills are scheduled to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 17, just two days before the deadline for bills originating in the House to be heard in House Committees.  If they don’t pass out of this committee, they are dead for the session.

Key among these is HB 2524, the proposed interstate compact that would prohibit member states from exceeding federal law on private firearm transfers.  Currently federal law has no limitations on most intrastate private party transfers between non-prohibited individuals.  The passage of this bill is kryptonite to Bloomberg’s "universal background check" ballot measure, which we expect to see later this year.   We also expect to see a concerted effort from Bloomberg, and perhaps even the Obama Administration, to kill this bill in the Legislature.  We cannot let them win!

The other bill scheduled to be heard is HB 2338, which would prohibit the governing board of an educational institution from adopting or enforcing any policy or rule that prohibits possession or carrying of a "concealed weapon" on a public right of way.

Please log into your RTS account and tell the House Judiciary Committee you are in favor of both HB 2524 and HB 2338. Please do not tell the committee you will testify unless you actually will be attending the committee hearing.

Detailed instructions for using the Legislature’s Request to Speak (RTS) system can be found at AzCDL’s RTS page along with a direct link to the RTS system.

The RTS system is the preferred method to register your position on bills scheduled for committee hearings.  Your RTS “votes” and comments are transmitted to the committee members and recorded into the committee meeting record.  They carry more weight than emails for committee hearings.

RTS accounts can only be created at “official” terminals at the Capitol.  If you are an AzCDL member and your membership is current, our volunteers will set up an RTS account for you.  All you need to do is reply to this message and request that we create your RTS account.
 
The status and summary of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.

February 12, 2016

Keep up the pressure!

Good news!  Thanks to your efforts HB 2081, HB 2224 and SB 1166 passed out of their Committee of the Whole (COW) debates on Thursday, February 11.  They will soon be scheduled for Third Read votes, the final step before being sent to the other legislative chamber (House or Senate).

We need to keep the pressure on our Representatives and Senators.  It’s time for another round of emails.  The letters at AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center have been updated to urge them to vote for the passage of these bills during Third Read and are ready for you to send.  If you have not contacted your legislators, now is the time to take action.

HB 2081 would prohibit checking with any federal or state database on private property transfers.  That means someone privately transferring a firearm cannot be forced to undergo a NICS background check.

HB 2224 would prohibit the state or any political subdivision from charging or levying a fee, tax, assessment, lien or other encumbrance on the transfer of a firearm between private parties who are not prohibited possessors.

Together, the passage of HB 2018 and HB 2224 mean attempts at creating “universal background checks” on private party firearms transfers would not be permitted.

SB 1266 would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes.  Time to punish local demagogues who disregard your rights.

In the Senate, SB 1257 has been scheduled for a COW debate on Monday, February 15.  SB 1257 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons. No more hiding behind cheap cardboard “no guns” signs..

Letters for all these bills have been prepared and are waiting for you send at our Hot Issues page.  All it takes is a few mouse clicks to make a big difference! 

The status and summary of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.

February 10, 2016

Contact Legislators

HB 2081 and HB 2224 are scheduled for House Committee of the Whole (COW) debates on Thursday, February 11. A COW hearing is where the entire chamber debates the merits of proposed legislation. For gun related bills it usually means a lot of wailing and whining by pro-oppression legislators eager to disarm you. It’s important that we put as much pressure as possible on our legislators to pass these bills.

Now is the time for you to contact your Representatives and urge them to support these bills, using AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center.

HB 2081 would prohibit checking with any federal or state database on private property transfers. That means someone privately transferring a firearm cannot be forced to undergo a NICS background check.

HB 2224 would prohibit the state or any political subdivision from charging or levying a fee, tax, assessment, lien or other encumbrance on the transfer of a firearm between private parties if the transfer is legal.

Together, the passage of these bills mean attempts at creating “universal background checks” on private party firearms transfers would not be permitted.

Emails have been prepared on both these bills for you to send to your Representatives. You will find them at our Legislative Action Center’s Hot Issues page in the right hand column. Click on the bill number and follow instructions. Your letter can be sent as is or you can edit the main message with your own comments.

In the Senate we are expecting SB 1257 and SB 1266 to soon be scheduled for COW hearings. Letters have also been prepared on these bills for you to send to your Senators at our Hot Issues page.

SB 1257 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons. No more hiding behind a cheap cardboard “no guns” sign.

SB 1266 would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes. Time to punish local demagogues who disregard your rights.

Letters for all these bills have been prepared and are waiting for you send at our Hot Issues page. All it takes is a few mouse clicks to make a big difference.

The status and summary of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.

February 6, 2016

Legislative Update.

The status and summary of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.

The deadline for all bills to be heard in committees in their originating chamber (House or Senate) is Friday, February 19, less than two weeks away. Most of the bills we are monitoring will not survive that deadline.

We thank everyone who used their RTS accounts to contact committee members about legislation this past week. Thanks in large part to your activism, the following key bills passed out of committee this week.

HB 2081, which would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers, passed out of the House Commerce Committee on February 3.

SB 1257, the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons, passed out of the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, February 3.

SB 1266, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, passed out of both the Senate Public Safety, Military & Technology Committee and the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, February 3.

We expect to see several important bills scheduled for floor votes in the coming week. As calendars are made available, we will alert you to contact your elected Representatives or Senator, using our Legislative Action Center, where we will have emails prepared and ready for you send with just a few mouse clicks.

February 2, 2016

RTS Access Update.

Thanks to AzCDL’s efforts, the RTS (Request To Speak) System Administrators have agreed to reactivate accounts that were created online and recently used to comment on bills scheduled for committee hearings.

If you created an online RTS account, please immediately test your ability to sign in at https://apps.azleg.gov/.  After signing in, click on the RTS logo.  If you see “New Request” as a menu option on the left side of the screen, your account is active. 

Now comes the “urgent action needed” part.  Use the New Request option to tell committee members that you want them to support HB 2081, HB 2446, SB 1266 and SB 1257.  In the “comment” area enter “Do not accept hostile amendments.”  These bills are all scheduled for hearings on Wednesday, February 3.  You’ll notice that SB 1266 is scheduled for two committee hearings.  Each committee needs to hear from you.  You can find descriptions of these bills at AzCDL’s Bill Tracking page.

If you replied to our recent alert asking for us to establish an RTS account for you, we set up over 130 new accounts at an “official” RTS terminal on Monday, February 1.  You should have received an email to that effect.  Please log into your account and use the New Request option to chime in on HB 2081, HB 2446, SB 1266 and SB 1257.  If you encounter any problems, contact Fred (treasurer@azcdl.org).

If you created an online account and still cannot access it, please reply to this message and give us the email address you use for your RTS account along with your RTS password.  We will reactivate your account using an official RTS terminal.

If you do not have an RTS account, we can create one for you.  Please reply to this email and give us your first and last name along with the email address you want used for your RTS account.  We will create your account at an “official” RTS terminal.

The pro-oppression groups understand the importance of RTS.  They are urging their followers to use RTS to tell legislators to defeat the same bills we are asking you to support.  Their goal is to have every peaceful Arizona gun owner tagged, tracked and targeted for confiscation and incarceration.  You can defeat them by using RTS to tell committee members to support good legislation.

RTS evolved from a paper system used by individuals (usually lobbyists and special interest groups) wishing to testify at committee hearings.   Early versions of the electronic system were limited to terminals only located at the Capitol.  Now, it can be used by anyone wishing to comment on a bill scheduled for a committee hearing.  The catch is that accounts must still be created at an “official” terminal.  Almost all of them are at the Capitol.  However once your RTS account has been created you can log in from the comfort of home.  Activists groups have recognized the importance of RTS and the influence it wields.  We need to be the loudest voice in the room when it comes to RTS.  If you have an account – use it.  If you want to create and account, we’ll be glad to help you.

The RTS system can only be used for contacting committee members.  As bills pass out of committees and head for floor votes, we will prepare emails for you to send to your Representatives and Senator via our Legislative Action Center.  Meanwhile it’s imperative that we all sign into RTS and urge the passage of HB 2081, HB 2446, SB 1266 and SB 1257 out of their respective committees.

January 30, 2016

Legislative Update.

The status and summary of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.
 
The last day for bills to be introduced is a little over a week away on Monday, February 8.  Over 1,100 bills have already been filed.  Friday, February 19, is the deadline for bills to be heard in committees in their originating chamber (House or Senate).  Many bills will never make that deadline and will be effectively dead for the session.

HB 2224, the AzCDL-requested bill that prohibits the private transfer of firearms from being subject to any state or local government imposed fees, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on January 27 by a 4-2 vote.   We thank everyone who registered their position on HB 2224 with the committee using the Request to Speak (RTS) system.
 
Scheduled for hearings this coming week are the following bills.

HB 2494, which would allow for a tax credit for CCW training costs, is scheduled for a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Monday, February 1.

HB 2446, which would remove an outdated reference to the U.S. Department of the Treasury when referencing the National Firearms Act in regards to the definition of prohibited weapons, is scheduled for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, February 3.

SB 1266, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, is scheduled for hearings in the Senate Public Safety, Military & Technology Committee and also in the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, February 3.

SB 1257, the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless security measures are in place to screen everyone entering, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, February 3.

For those of you able to access your RTS accounts, please urge the committee members to vote “Yes” on these bills.  Please also ask the committee members to pass SB 1266 and SB 1257 “without hostile amendments.”  We have learned that there may be attempts to negatively alter these bills during the committee hearings.

Detailed instructions for registering opinions and commenting on bills using RTS can be found at AzCDL’s RTS page.  We are investigating the problem that some users are having when trying to access their RTS accounts.  We expect to have it resolved shortly.

January 30, 2016

RTS Access Issues.

Many of us have suddenly experienced problems attempting to use the Request to Speak (RTS) system to comment on bills scheduled for hearings.  It appears to only affect those of us who set up online RTS accounts and not those who established their accounts using the kiosk terminals at the Capitol or at state offices in Tucson.

Unfortunately, as anyone who has visited the RTS system may have noticed, it’s a textbook example of absence of accountability.  There is no information provided on how to contact the system Administrators.   Our phone calls to the Capitol on Friday yielded no useful contact information.  This will have to be resolved in person. 
We will look into this Monday, at the Capitol. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

January 28, 2016

HB 2494 Committee Hearing Scheduled.

HB 2494, which would allow for a tax credit for CCW training, is scheduled for a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday, February 1.  Please log into your RTS account and vote “for” HB 2494 to pass out of committee.

Detailed instructions on setting up an RTS account and registering your opinions on bills are available at AzCDL’s RTS page.

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

January 25, 2016

Unleash RTS!

One of the most effective ways to communicate your position on Arizona legislation is through the Request to Speak (RTS) system.  RTS was created to allow the public to register an opinion on bills scheduled for committee hearings.  Until recently, the only way to use the system was by using computer terminals at the Capitol in Phoenix.  Now, once your account is created at an “official” RTS terminal you can chime in on bills from the comfort of home.

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

RTS comments are transmitted to the committee members and recorded into the committee meeting record.  They carry more weight than an email, and once you have created your RTS account, it only takes a few mouse clicks to relay your position on any bill to committee members.

We strongly encourage everyone reading this to create an RTS account!

Detailed instructions on setting up an RTS account and registering your opinions on bills are available at AzCDL’s RTS page.

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

January 23, 2016

Legislative Update.

Over 850 bills have been filed since the 2016 Legislative session convened.  The final deadline for all bills to be filed is February 8.  The status and summary of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.  It is updated daily throughout the session.

Two high priority AzCDL-requested bills were filed this week.

HB 2524 would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting private party firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than federal law, which currently has no limitations on most private transfers between non-prohibited possessors residing in the same state.  The passage of HB 2524 is critical in stopping forthcoming ballot measures that would criminalize private property transfers and establish gun owner registration in Arizona.

SB 1257 would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless every person entering is screened for weapons.

Coming up for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday January 27 is HB 2224, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit the private transfer of a firearm from being subject to “any additional fee, tax, assessment, lien or other encumbrance” by the state or any political subdivision.  At this point we do not foresee a necessity to email committee members.  AzCDL’s representatives will be present at the hearing and available to provide any testimony. 

However, if you are a subscriber to the Legislature’s Request to Speak (RTS) system we encourage you to log in and voice your opinion on HB 2224.  RTS comments are transmitted to the committee members and recorded into the committee meeting record.  They carry a bit more weight than an email.

January 15, 2016

Legislative Update.

The 2016 Legislative session officially convened on Monday, January 11.  Legislators have only a couple of weeks to file their proposed legislation.  February 8 is the final day for all bills to be filed.  Over 700 bills have already been filed.  In 2015, over 1,200 bills were filed.  We expect at least that many this year.
 
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 legislators using AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center.  We make it easy for you with pre-written emails.  A few mouse clicks is all that is needed to make a big difference in the fate of a bill.

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 19.  That’s a little over a month from now.  It is impossible for every bill filed to be assigned to a committee for a hearing.  We need to make sure the bills we support get the hearing they deserve.  We 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 7, 2016

Arizona’s Legislative Session Begins Monday.

On Monday, January 11, the 2016 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.

You can find all the bills that are filed during the session at the Arizona Legislature’s website.  You can find the bills that AzCDL is monitoring, along with their current status, at our Bill Tracking page.

Once a bill is filed, it is “read” by the full chamber before being assigned to one or more committees.  Only those assigned to a committee by the chamber’s leadership may proceed.  Over a thousand bills are introduced every session.  Those never assigned to a committee are effectively dead.

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 associated 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 (usually 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 involvement.  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 for calls to action! 

December 18, 2015

Confiscation Goal Revealed.

The gloves are off.  After the San Bernardino terrorist attack, the New York Times ran a front page editorial, the first since 1920, calling for outright firearms confiscation:

    It is past time to stop talking about halting the spread of firearms, and instead to reduce their number drastically — eliminating some large categories of weapons and ammunition. It is not necessary to debate the peculiar wording of the Second Amendment. No right is unlimited and immune from reasonable regulation.”

The Times went on to say it “would require Americans who own these kind of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.”

Following the Times editorial, the similarly minded Washington Post was upset that the Times “let the cat out of the bag,” while the left leaning New Republic penned
this screed demanding the banning of every gun in America.

Confiscation of your firearms has always been the goal of the “gun control” movement.  Phrases like “gun safety,” “reducing gun violence,” and all the other politically engineered terms the gun grabbers use are designed to provide cover for their true agenda – to ultimately take away your means to defend yourself and your family against tyranny.  It’s difficult to fundamentally transform this country, as President Obama promised, when there are over 300 Million firearms in the hands of about a third of the population.

With the Republican led Congress not yet cooperating with his gun-grabbing agenda, President Obama recently announced he will issue Executive Orders to further erode your Second Amendment freedoms.  As this was being written the President was meeting with gun-confiscation advocate Michael Bloomberg to discuss his civilian disarmament strategy.

They are coming for your guns.  The President is ready to bypass Congress to achieve his goals.  The mainstream media is cheering him on.  Billionaire gun-grabber Bloomberg, in addition to working with the President, has been successfully pushing gun owner registration at the state level via ballot initiatives and liberal legislatures.  Arizona is #1 on his hit list.

The question is – what are YOU willing to do to protect your rights?  If you are only going to mumble bumper sticker slogans like “from my cold dead hands” and think about hiding your guns, then you have already surrendered.

No matter what scheme Obama comes up with at the federal level, our first line of defense is right here in Arizona.  That’s where you can make the difference.  2016 may be the tipping point for our hard won freedoms.  We are expecting a Bloomberg backed ballot measure to initiate gun owner registration in Arizona.  We have a plan to defeat it at the Legislature, but we can only be successful with your help.

The choice is simple.  Do nothing and let Obama and Bloomberg win, or join AzCDL in the fight for your rights here in Arizona.  Help AzCDL restore and protect our freedoms.  If you are not an AzCDL member, join today!  Already a member?  Your donations are welcome.   And, the most important thing you can do doesn’t cost a penny.   Use our Legislative Action Center to contact your legislators.  During the coming session, we will prepare emails to send to committee members, your legislators and the Governor.  A few mouse clicks and about 30 seconds of your time will make a tremendous difference in the fate of legislation.  What’s it going to be – surrender or activism?

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.

July 1, 2015

Obama joins Bloomberg in attacking your rights.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,
Barack Obama


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 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.

April 27, 2015

Bloomberg targets Arizona.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.  .

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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