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October 7, 2017

Not One More Inch!

It’s far past time to stop giving up ground.

Who doesn’t love a good magic show?  Watching a good magician dazzle us with amazing illusions, showmanship and sleight of hand touches something deep inside the human psyche, especially when we’re young, and don’t quite yet understand the tricks.  But the adults in the audience know that the secret to sleight of hand is misdirection.  They get us watching the rabbit, or the bird, or the shiny object, while the real trick is happening somewhere else, somewhere we aren’t watching.

A good politician has quite a bit in common with a good magician.  When they want something, especially in times of crisis, they manipulate and misdirect in order to get it.  They don’t want you to focus on what they’re really doing when they can get you to focus on something else entirely.

The recent events in Las Vegas provide a good example.  When a madman opened fire on a crowded concert, killing dozens and wounding hundreds more, many politicians immediately began blaming guns, gun accessories, gun owners, etc., ad infinitum.  This despite the fact that similar events have played out across the world over the last several years, some involving guns, others involving explosives, trucks, etc.  The weapons always vary, but the common denominator is always the same … a madman, or several, bent on inflicting the maximum possible carnage.  So why is the response of political class always “We must discuss guns …”? Misdirection.

Most gun owners understand the concept of “We call them criminals for a reason.”  What gun law can we pass that will stop someone from committing mass murder?  The obvious answer?  None.  But the constant focus on them puts us on the defensive.  Politicians, celebrities, the media, all start asking questions like “Why does someone need to own so many guns?”  “What does anyone need a bump fire stock for?”  “Why would anyone need an assault weapon?”  “Why should anyone have a 30-round magazine?”  And the conversation has shifted from the real problem, criminals and madmen, to the issue these folks really want to address, guns and our right to own and use them.  They want, and always have wanted, to limit that right, and these events have handed them an opportunity.  Misdirection.

Now that we’ve been misdirected from the actual issue, we start feeling the need to answer these questions, and “defend” our positions on why we “need” these things, why our rights protect these behaviors, etc.  But we should be asking ourselves why we’ve fallen for the misdirection.  This is not the real issue, after all.  We should be talking about how to deal with criminals and madmen attacking us.  And they will, no matter what laws we pass restricting our own rights.  So why aren’t we talking about how we properly secure large venues, such as concerts and sporting events?  After all, when Presidents and Governors make speeches in such locations, security is paramount, no expense is spared, and every precaution is taken.  Is a venue filled with 20,000 civilians somehow less important than a single politician?  Why aren’t we talking about that?  Misdirection.

Senate Bill S. 1916 to regulate “bump fire stocks” was filed by Sen. Diane Feinstein so quickly after the tragedy one could easily speculate that it was prepared and waiting beforehand.  You can track the progress of S. 1916 at AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center.  

Many of our so-called allies on the GOP side of the aisle are ready to support Senator Feinstein’s bill in the name of “doing something”.  But let’s not fall for the misdirection.  Whether or not you have ever used a “bump fire stock”, whether or not you even care to, understand that going after our rights is not solving the real problem.  We law-abiding gun owners didn’t do anything, and restricting our rights yet again in the name of supposedly stopping bad guys from doing something they will continue to do anyway is simply not acceptable. So why hand them a foot in the door?

A pre-written letter has been prepared for you to send to your Senators and your Congressman in our Legislative Action Center.  You may send it as is or edit it as you see fit.  It only takes a few mouse-clicks to make a big difference.  Don’t wait, contact them right away!  You know those who want to disarm you are not hesitating.  This letter can be sent by anyone from any state.  Please share this with your family and friends.

Do not fall for the misdirection.  Do not let them change the subject.   Do not let them control the dialogue. Our rights are not negotiable.  Not one more inch!

September 17, 2017

Online Candidate Petitions.

2018 is an election year.  The primary is on August 28 and the general election will be on November 6, 2018.  Candidates for political office in Arizona need to gather over 500 signatures to get on the ballot.  You can help your favorite candidates get there without having to leave home.

In Arizona, candidates running for federal, statewide, or legislative office may now collect 100% of their required nomination petition signatures (all candidates) or $5 Qualifying Contributions (publicly-funded candidates only) through the Secretary of State’s E-Qual system. E-Qual enables eligible voters to electronically sign petitions or make contributions.

The easiest way you can help candidates of your choice is to sign their campaign petition online using the E-Qual system.   Start at the Secretary of State’s Voter Authentication page: https://apps.azsos.gov/apps/election/eps/petition/VoterPetnAuth.aspx.

After providing information to verify your existing voter registration and current address you will be directed to a page of available candidate petitions that you can sign.  A few mouse clicks and you’re done.

Please remember to ask your spouse and family members to sign also.

Not a registered voter?  Arizona residents can register to vote online here: https://servicearizona.com/voterRegistration?popularclick .

September 5, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts.

While we deeply appreciate your ongoing support for AzCDL fundraising efforts, we ask that this week you extend your generosity to those suffering from the ravages of Hurricane Harvey and donate to a worthwhile charity of your choosing that supports the victims in Houston.  The following resources are available to help you select charities involved in Houston’s disaster and relief efforts.

GuideStar gathers and disseminates information on IRS registered non-profit organizations (AzCDL is a Silver-level GuideStar participant).  GuideStar’s list of IRS registered organizations involved in Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts can be found here.

Another organization that compiles information on charities is Charity Navigator.  Their list of Hurricane Harvey related charities, with ratings, can be found here.

Information from Fox News on how to help victims of Hurricane Harvey can be found here.

August 18, 2017

Supreme Court Rules Against Tucson Firearms Destruction.

Great news!  On August 17 the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the City of Tucson’s policy of destroying forfeited and unclaimed firearms was in violation of state law.

How is this possible?  Thank AzCDL.

One of AzCDL’s goals has been to strengthen state firearms preemption and add teeth to the law. 
 
In 2010, through AzCDL-requested legislation, 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, through AzCDL-requested legislation, 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 Representative (and AzCDL Life Member) Brenda Barton (LD 6), all remaining loopholes in the law were closed.

In 2016, via the passage of AzCDL-supported Senate Bills (SB) 1266 and 1487, we were able to have cities held accountable for their continuing violation of state laws.  SB 1266, an NRA-requested bill, 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.

Following the passage of SB 1487, Representative (and AzCDL Life Member) Mark Finchem (LD 11) asked the Arizona Attorney General to investigate the City of Tucson for the routine destruction of firearms in violation of ARS 13-3108.F.  After the Arizona Attorney General found that Tucson may have been in violation of state law, the case was referred to the Arizona Supreme Court which, on August 17, unanimously upheld the statute and ruled against the city.

We thank our members who have supported us with their donations and emails to legislators that resulted in this momentous decision.  Want to see more laws that restore and protect your right to keep and bear arms?  Support AzCDL through your membership and activism.

August 8, 2017

New laws in effect.

The 2017 legislative session ended on May 10.  Laws passed during a session are generally effective 90 days after adjournment.  The following pro-rights bills will become law on August 9.  You can view the status of all the bills AzCDL monitored during the session at our website’s Bill Tracking page.

Pro-rights Legislation

HB 2216 (Rep. Paul Boyer, R-LD20) makes it unlawful to require a person to use or subject themselves to electronic firearm tracking technology, a component of “smart gun” technology that limits the operation of a firearm as well as tracking its location and logging its use.

SB 1122 (Sen. Gail Griffin, R-LD14) prohibits a city, town, county, or the state from requiring the search of any federal or state database as a requirement for transferring personal property, such as your firearm.  Passage of this law should help complicate efforts we expect to see requiring “universal background checks” on private firearm transfers in Arizona.

SB 1344 (Sen. John Kavanagh, R-LD23) 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.  This bill grew out of over-zealous local governments believing they can control all aspects of an employee’s or independent contractor’s private life.

Ballot Measure Reforms

The Constitution of Arizona, along with several other states, contains a provision influenced by the “Progressive” (i.e., Socialist) movement of the early 20th Century.  This provision allows for changes in state law, or even the Constitution itself, via a “citizen initiative” ballot measure bypassing the legislative process.  All that’s required to put an issue on the ballot are petition signatures from a small percentage of registered voters.  Unlike other states, once a citizen initiative ballot measure is passed in Arizona it can never be overturned by the Legislature.

Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been exploiting this weakness in state constitutions to further his drive to disarm law abiding Americans.  In 2014 he successfully used the ballot measure process to achieve gun owner registration via “universal background checks” in the state of Washington.  In 2015, the Oregon legislature accommodated Bloomberg by passing similar laws.  In 2016, a Bloomberg backed ballot measure passed in Nevada.  We expect to see a Bloomberg backed ballot measure calling for “universal background checks” in Arizona, possibly in 2018.

This year the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, two laws that restore integrity to Arizona’s petition gathering process for ballot measures.

HB 2244 requires strict compliance to the ballot referendum constitutional and statutory requirements. 

HB 2404 prohibits payment to petition “circulators” based on the number of signatures collected.  It also invalidates signatures collected by a paid circulator who fails to register with the Secretary of State.  New provisions have been added for challenging a ballot measure.  Apparently this new law is so threatening to those who want to take your rights away that a ballot petition has already been filed to overturn the provisions of HB 2404 in 2018.

We expect bigger challenges next year.  Those who want to disarm you, 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.  Arizona is their number one target.  Stay alert.  Don’t succumb to “Trump Sleep.”

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July 22, 2017

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity.

A major pro-rights federal firearms bill filed this session is H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.  It was introduced on January 3 by Republican Representative Richard Hudson of North Carolina.  H.R. 38 has 205 co-sponsors, including Arizona Representatives Trent Franks (R-AZ-8), Paul Gosar (R-AZ-4), Martha McSally (R-AZ-2), Andy Biggs (R-AZ-5) and David Schweikert (R-AZ-6).  It has been assigned to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

As written, if H.R. 38 becomes law it 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 would be able to carry when visiting other states is still subject to their laws.

If H.R. 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 and is also a Constitutional Carry state.
 
H.R. 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 H.R. 38, or any similar bill, is that once national reciprocity is covered by federal law, future congresses could potentially amend it with virtually insurmountable permit issuance requirements in order for a state to qualify for reciprocity under federal law.

As written, and without modifications, AzCDL supports H.R. 38.

As we’ve seen with other high profile legislation, progress on federal bills makes the movement of glaciers seem speedy by comparison.  The Virginia Citizens Defense League has created a White House petition asking President Trump to urge Congress to pass H.R. 38 as soon as possible and get it to his desk.

White House petitions are time sensitive.  For this petition to be considered by the President, 100,000 signatures are needed by August 17, 2017.   If you would like to add your name to the White House petition, click on the link below and follow the instructions:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/national-reciprocity-nations-17-million-concealed-handgun-permit-holders

June 20, 2017

Shop Amazon - Donate to the AzCDL Foundation.

Amazon.com will donate 0.5% of your purchase amount to the
AzCDL Foundation if you use their “AmazonSmile” feature.  If you have never activated the Amazon Smiles feature for shopping at Amazon, use the link shown below.

 

You are still using your existing Amazon account.  All settings remain the same.  The difference is that by logging in via AmazonSmile a donation is automatically made to the charity of your choice, by the AmazonSmile Foundation, based on the amount of your purchase.  Clicking on the above link will allow you to select the AzCDL Foundation as the recipient of those donations.

If you are already an AmazonSmile user, we ask that you consider making the AzCDL Foundation a recipient of Amazon’s donations by selecting “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.” 

The AzCDL Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 2017 to promote firearms safety, training and awareness.  Donations made directly by you to the AzCDL Foundation are
tax deductible.  You can donate directly at the AzCDL Foundation website’s home page.

June 9, 2017

Arizona Safer with Constitutional Carry.

In 2010 when the Arizona Legislature was debating the
AzCDL-requested “Constitutional Carry” law, which removed the requirement to obtain government permission to discreetly carry your firearm, those that want to disarm you were predicting shootouts over fender benders and the streets running red with blood.

Our friends at the NRA recently
published a review of the impact of Constitutional Carry laws in Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming based on the FBI’s Crime in the United States reports.  FBI statistics shows that after enacting Constitutional Carry murders involving firearms in these states declined.

As the chart below shows, Arizona started seeing a reduction in firearms related murders around the time AzCDL began pushing for CCW reforms.  After Constitutional Carry was passed in 2010 the decline continued.  While correlation does not always equal causation, it could be surmised that AzCDL’s
legislative successes have had a major impact on the reduction of crime in Arizona.

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Those that want to disarm you will not let these facts get in the way of their agenda.  They are coming for you and your guns.  Their short term goal is to enact gun owner registration by criminalizing the private transfer of property unless you submit to a background check.  Their long term goal is to confiscate your firearms.  We can’t let that happen in Arizona.  You can help by joining AzCDL and renewing your membership timely.

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. 

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.

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.

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?

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!500

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!

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.400

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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