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ARIZONA CITIZENS DEFENSE LEAGUE

Protecting Your Freedom

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November 26, 2016

Unleash RTS.

The 2017 legislative session will begin on Monday, January 11.  We need to be ready to act.

For upcoming committee hearings, the best way to communicate your position on legislation is via the Request to Speak (RTS) system.  RTS comments are transmitted to each committee member and become part of the committee meeting record.  They carry more weight than an email.

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.

Once your RTS account has been created, you can log in remotely like you would any other online system.  It only takes a few mouse clicks to relay your position on any bill to committee members. 

Unfortunately, RTS accounts can only be created using dedicated computer terminals at the Capitol in Phoenix or the state offices in Tucson.  If you are an AzCDL member and your membership is current, our volunteers can set up an RTS account for you at one of the Capitol terminals.  Simply reply to this email and give us your first and last name along with the email address you want to use for your RTS account.  We will create your account and provide you with your online log-in information.

Not an AzCDL member or your membership has expired?  You can join AzCDL or renew your membership
online.

Those who want to disarm you also understand the importance of RTS.  They are urging their followers to use RTS to tell legislators to defeat the same bills we will be asking you to support.  Their goal is to have every peaceful Arizona gun owner tagged, tracked and targeted for registration and confiscation.  You can defeat them by using RTS to tell committee members to support good legislation and to prevent bad bills from progressing.

Detailed instructions using RTS to register your opinions on bills are available at AzCDL’s RTS page.  As important bills are scheduled for committee hearings we will notify you via these alerts.  It only takes a few mouse clicks to make a big difference.

November 25, 2016

AzCDL’s latest newsletter available online.

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

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • The impact of the November election.  The battle shifts to the states.  Arizona targeted.
  • Your role in the 2017 Legislative Session.  Activism = Winning.
  • Missed the annual meeting?  Download the recordings.
  • Our latest raffle – Win one of five Model 43 Glocks.

Download your copy today!

November 11, 2016

Election Aftermath.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

October 28, 2016

Will you vote to support the Second Amendment?

This coming Election Day, when you cast your vote for who will be the President for the next 4 years, you are also casting a vote on who will determine Supreme Court decisions for the next several decades.

Our next President will soon appoint a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away in February at the age of 79.   Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the eldest member of the court celebrated her 83rd birthday in March of this year.  Her health is fragile.  Justice Anthony Kennedy turned 80 in July.  Justice Stephen Breyer is 78.  There is a strong possibility that our next President will be appointing replacements for several Justices during their first term.

The Second Amendment says that the right to “keep and bear arms” shall not be infringed.  In 2008, by a very narrow margin, the Supreme Court in D.C. v. Heller affirmed that the Second Amendment is an individual right.  It was a 5-4 decision with Justices Scalia, Roberts, Kennedy, Thomas and Alito in the majority.  Justices Stevens, Souter, Ginsberg and Breyer dissented.

D.C. v. Heller only affirmed that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to possess (i.e., “keep”) a firearm—in your home.  The decision did not address whether or not you have the right to “bear arms.”  There are cases heading to the Supreme Court that will ask the Court to address whether the Second Amendment protects the right to “carry” a firearm.   There are other cases that could allow the court to redefine the Heller decision.  Whoever appoints the replacement for Justice Scalia will determine the fate of the Second Amendment.  Who do you want that person to be.

Of all those running for president, only two have a realistic chance at being elected.  One of them has repeatedly stated that the Heller decision was “wrongly decided.”  They also said that America’s gun laws should emulate Great Britain’s and Australia’s.  Both of these countries have abolished the ownership of most firearms and have engaged in forcible confiscation of privately owned firearms.  Meanwhile, the other major party candidate for president has repeatedly stated their support for the Second Amendment, has a concealed weapons permit and has been endorsed by the NRA.  Who do you want to determine who is on the Supreme Court and will decide the fate of the Second Amendment?

If you honestly care about your right to keep and bear arms, it is imperative that you cast your vote on Election Day to protect the future of the Second Amendment. 

October 18, 2016

2016 Political Candidate Information.

The 2016 General Election is just a few weeks away.  If you need information about the 2016 political candidates, we invite you to visit our Candidate Lookup page.  It is not Arizona specific and can be used by anyone regardless of where they reside.  Please share it with family and friends.

In most instances all you need to enter is your zip code.  Some zip codes may contain more than one legislative district and you may need to enter your street address.  You can also enter the candidate or elected official’s name.

When you are taken to the list of candidates, you will find information at the bottom of the page on voter registration and how to locate your polling place.  Clicking on any of the candidates’ names or pictures will take you to information about them, including their websites and who their opponents are.

As a tax exempt, non-partisan organization, AzCDL may not actively endorse or promote any candidate for political office.  However, we do track how incumbent Arizona legislators vote on bills that are important to our membership.  At our Voting Records page you can find a listing of bills we monitored during the 2015 and 2016 Arizona State legislative sessions along with how each legislator voted.  This information is also available in our August newsletter.  At our Bill Tracking page you will find a listing of the bills we monitored during the 2016 legislative session. 

Additionally, AzCDL has an affiliated political action committee, AzCDLPAC, that rates and endorses selected candidates for state level offices.  You can find this year’s endorsement list here: http://azcdlpac.com/2016pacendorsements/ .

We urge everyone to become informed.  Your vote this year will determine the future of your right to keep and bear arms.

October 14, 2016

Tucson Firearms Destruction – Attorney General Investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 12, 2016

Annual Meeting Audio.

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

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

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

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

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

October 10, 2016

Congratulations Raffle Winners.

On Saturday, October 8, at AzCDL’s Eleventh Annual Meeting of Members, the winning raffle tickets were drawn for two custom AR-15 rifles built by J and J Solutions.

And the winners are……..

Ticket #330 belonging to AzCDL Life Member Chris B.

Ticket #501 belonging to AzCDL Member Scott N.

A third custom AR-15 was awarded as a door prize at the annual meeting.  The winner was AzCDL Life Member Christine G., with annual meeting ticket #1408.

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

October 2, 2016

Annual Meeting Update.

We thank everyone who made their reservation for AzCDL’s Eleventh Annual Meeting of Members.  The event is sold out and we are expecting over 500 AzCDL members and their guests.  Tickets are no longer available for sale and will not be sold at the door.  We have a capacity crowd and additional seating is not available.

As with all our meetings, the open carrying of holstered firearms is appreciated.  We require that all firearms remain holstered, or cased, for the duration of the meeting.  Respect your fellow attendees - No “show and tell” at the tables.
 
Be sure to bring your annual meeting ticket with you.  In addition to needing a ticket to get you into the meeting, it qualifies you for our many door prize drawings.  This year’s grand prize is a custom AR-15.  If you have misplaced your ticket contact Fred at treasurer@azcdl.org to get a replacement mailed to you. 

Luncheon seating will start at 11 AM and the meeting will begin at Noon.  However, you can check in any time after 10 AM which will give you time to look over the silent auction and vendor table items outside the meeting room.  If you are bringing a contribution for this year’s silent auction and have not notified us before, please contact Dave Richardson.

We ask that all AzCDL members bring their membership card with them.  It will serve as your name badge – we will supply badge holders at the sign-in table.  If you need a replacement membership card, contact Fred at treasurer@azcdl.org.

We look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting!

September 23, 2016

Annual Meeting Sold Out.

All available seating for AzCDL’s Eleventh Annual Meeting of Members has been reserved and we have suspended further ticket sales.

If you have received tickets for the annual meeting, please confirm that you plan on attending by contacting Fred at treasurer@azcdl.org.  We need your confirmation no later than Wednesday, September 28. 
 
If circumstances prevent you or any of your guests from attending the annual meeting, please let us know so we can make tickets available to other members who would like to attend.

Since we are expecting a capacity crowd, tickets will not be available at the door and only those with tickets will be admitted.

September 20, 2016

Tucson GSSF Match - Volunteers wanted.

The Tucson Rifle Club at Three Points is hosting a Glock Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) match on October 22 & 23, 2016.

GSSF matches are for new Glock owners as well as experienced competitors.  There are different divisions for different models of pistols as well as the shooter’s age and shooting experience.  And, lots of Glocks are given away randomly as well as for high scores.  Click here for more information on the GSSF match experience.

GSSF has invited AzCDL to
have a recruiting table at the match.  If you would like to help us out, please contact Tom at tom.woodrow@azcdl.org.

We are also looking to form an AzCDL Team for the Tucson match.  If you own a Glock and are an AzCDL and GSSF member and want to join us for a couple days of shooting fun, please contact Drake at mitchell3006@hotmail.com .

Want to be on the team but aren’t an AzCDL or GSSF member?  That can be remedied easily.
Click here to join AzCDL.
Click here to join GSSF and register for the match.

See you at the match!  Don’t forget to wear your AzCDL shirt.

September 17, 2016

Annual Meeting Reminders.

If you haven’t made your reservation for this year’s Annual Meeting of Members on October 8 in Phoenix, the last day to purchase your tickets is Saturday, September 24.   If you have ordered annual meeting tickets but are unable to attend, please contact Fred (treasurer@azcdl.org).

AzCDL is conducting a silent auction in conjunction with our annual meeting.  Proceeds help offset the cost of the annual meeting.  If you have an item you would like to contribute to this year’s silent auction, please contact Dave.

We are also looking for volunteers to assist us during the annual meeting and with the silent auction.  If you are attending the annual meeting and are available to help, please contact Tom.

September 11, 2016

AzCDL Annual Meeting - Last Call.

Saturday, September 24 is the last day to make your reservations for the Arizona Citizens Defense League’s eleventh Annual Meeting of Members.  Reservations must be made in advance.  Annual Meeting tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

This year, our annual meeting will be held on October 8 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.  Details can be found at our website.  This meeting is open only to AzCDL members and their guests.  If you are an AzCDL member and plan on attending this year’s annual meeting, tickets are $20 each and available at our online store

Our keynote speaker is author, attorney and pro-rights advocate David B. Kopel.  Mr. Kopel is currently the Research Director for the Independence Institute, Associate Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute, and contributor to the National Review magazine and Volokh Conspiracy legal blog.  Previously he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University and served as an Assistant Attorney General for Colorado.

All attendees are eligible for our door prizes.  Our main door prize this year is a custom built AR-15 with mil-spec parts, match grade barrel, gas impingement system, low profile gas block, free float slim key mod rail, adjustable butt stock, optics plus back-up iron sights, and an Anderson upper, lower and bolt carrier.  Our other door prizes include several Magpul PMAG AR-15 magazines engraved with AzCDL’s logo, our AzCDL baseball caps and more!

September 3, 2016

AR-15 Raffle Tickets.

AzCDL is raffling off two custom AR-15 rifles.  Each rifle comes with mil-spec parts, match grade barrel, gas impingement system, low profile gas block, free float slim key mod rail, adjustable butt stock, and an Anderson upper, lower and bolt carrier.

If you want a chance to win one of these custom AR-15 rifles you need to act soon.  Most of the tickets have already been sold and we expect the rest to go quickly.  Get yours today!

Each raffle ticket represents two chances to win.  Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at our online store.  The drawing for these rifles will be held at AzCDL’s Annual Meeting.  Winners do not have to be present for the drawing.  Winners must be eligible to possess these firearms under federal, state, and local laws in the state of residence.  Transfer of these firearms will be through a federally licensed (FFL) firearms dealer.
 
AzCDL is self-funded and fiercely independent.  We are beholden to no political party.  No outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers, no national organizations, and no New York billionaires.  Raffles are our fundraisers.  Support AzCDL - buy raffle tickets!

August 27, 2016

Candidate Lookup.

AzCDL has added a new web page to help you find information about 2016 political candidates.  It is not Arizona specific and can be used by anyone regardless of where they reside.  Please share it with family and friends.

In most instances all you need to enter is your zip code.  Some zip codes may contain more than one legislative district and you may need to enter your street address.  You can also enter the candidate or elected officials name.

When you are taken to the list of candidates, you will find information at the bottom of the page about how to register to vote and how to locate your polling place.  Clicking on any of the candidates’ names or pictures will take you to information about them including their websites and who their opponents are.

At our Voting Records page you can find a listing of all the bills we monitored during the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions along with how each incumbent Arizona state legislator voted.  This information is also available in our August newsletter.

At our Bill Tracking page you will also find a listing of the bills we monitored during the 2016 legislative session. 

We urge everyone to become informed.  Your vote this year will determine the future of your right to keep and bear arms.

August 25, 2016

Annual Meeting Silent Auction.

AzCDL is conducting a silent auction in conjunction with our Annual Meeting of Members in Phoenix on October 8, 2016.  Proceeds help offset the cost of the annual meeting.  Donations are deeply appreciated but are not tax deductible.

If you have an item you would like to contribute to this year’s silent auction, please contact Dave.

We are also looking for volunteers to assist us with the annual meeting and the silent auction.  If you are attending the annual meeting and are available to help, please contact Tom

If you haven’t made your reservation for this year’s annual meeting the last day to purchase your tickets is Saturday, September 24.  We are expecting a large turnout.  Tickets will not be sold at the door or available after September 24.  Get yours today!

Details about the annual meeting are available at our website.  This year’s guest speaker is author, attorney, and pro-rights advocate David Kopel.

August 18, 2016

Obama Targets 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!

August 4, 2016

AzCDL August 2916 Newsletter available online.

The AzCDL Newsletter for August 2016 is available for viewing and downloading.

In this issue, you will find:

  • The impact of the November election.  How you vote in 2016 will determine if the Second Amendment will survive.
  • Arizona legislators’ voting records for 2015 & 2016.  See how your Senators and Representatives voted on key bills.
  • Join us at AzCDL’s eleventh annual meeting of members.
  • Our latest raffle – Win one of two custom AR-15’s.
  • AzCDL’s annual director election results.

Download your copy today!

July 23, 2016

AzCDL Annual Meeting – October 8, 2016 – Phoenix.

The Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL) invites all members and their guests to attend our eleventh Annual Meeting of Members on October 8, 2016 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.  Details can be found at our Annual Meeting page.

As with all our Annual Meetings, the open carrying of holstered firearms is appreciated.

The guest speaker this year is
Dave Kopel.

All luncheon attendees will be eligible for our door prize drawings. 

Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at our online store or at any AzCDL gun show table.

The meeting will run from Noon through 4 PM.  Seating begins at 11 AM.

Entrée choices this year include guajillo rubbed flat iron steak, guajillo rubbed chicken breast with roasted corn relish, or a Vegetarian spinach and ricotta ravioli with sun dried tomatoes, fresh asparagus, pine nuts and roasted garlic tomato vodka coulis.

Any AzCDL member upgrading to Life Member status before September 24th will receive FREE tickets to this year’s annual meeting for themselves and their guests.  All membership donations accumulate towards a life membership.  To find out how close you are to becoming an AzCDL Life Member, contacttreasurer@azcdl.org.
 
If you are not yet a member of AzCDL and wish to attend our annual meeting, we invite you to Join AzCDL.

Reservations must be made in advance and received by September 24, 2016.
Tickets will not be available for sale at the annual meeting.

July 18, 2016

Terrorism, the Tueller Dirll and the Definition of Insanity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 15, 2016

The Threat of Deadly Assault Trucks.
(Courtesy of Jeff Knox)

Dozens dead in France after Bastille Day terrorist attack.

A large box truck, the kind that makes deliveries to shops and stores in cities around the world, was used as a deadly weapon in Nice, France Thursday evening as revelers were celebrating Bastille Day, the commemoration of the launch of the French Revolution.  Attackers drove the truck through a barricade into the crowd, killing at least 75 people, according to early reports, and injuring well over 100 others in a matter of seconds.

The attack represents one of the most deadly, single-event terrorist attacks in modern history, and one of the simplest. Terrorists had no need to acquire guns, build bombs, or smuggle weapons through security checkpoints.  They merely stole, borrowed, or rented a large truck and drove.

This is not the first time a vehicle has been used as a weapon, but it is probably the most devastating in recent history.  A transient intentionally drove down the boardwalk at Venice Beach a few years ago, killing one and injuring several.  An 86-year old man who got confused, drove into a farmers market in Santa Monica, California in 2003, killing 10.  And the Isla Vista murderer, who killed 3 people with a knife, before killing three more with a gun, also tried to kill people with his car, but was unsuccessful, only injuring one man.  That attacker had planned to do more damage with a vehicle, but hadn’t been able to borrow his dad’s SUV as he’d hoped, and so launched his attack with his less-lethal BMW sedan.

Some reports claim that the attacker in Nice exited the vehicle and started shooting, but this is unconfirmed as yet.  Gun control laws are very strict in France, but, as the recent attack in Paris demonstrated, accessing weapons does not seem to be a problem for terrorists.  It appears though, that the vast majority of the deaths and injuries were a direct result of being hit by the truck.

It is yet to be determined whether President Obama and Democrat presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton will use the attack as an opportunity to call for stricter gun control in the U.S., but doing so would be in keeping with their standard operating procedures in recent years.

(Note:  The following is satire)

Others are calling for gun-like restrictions on trucks and other dangerous, wheeled vehicles.  Dave Vann, director of the group Responsible Action Against Vehicle Violence, or RAAVV, said that his group is seeking commonsense legislation to keep dangerous vehicles out of the hands of dangerous people.  “Many of these vehicles are designed for military or commercial use,” said Vann.  “They have no place in civilian and non-professional hands on our city streets.”  Vann went on to say that larger vehicles should be tightly restricted to designated highways, while medium-sized delivery trucks that operate on city streets should be tightly regulated, with background checks for licensed drivers, including mental health screening and operational competency testing, and owners of these vehicles should be held responsible for any misuse of their vehicles resulting in death or injury.  Vann called for an immediate ban on personal assault vehicles of the pickup truck variety and strict controls on any vehicle with a gross weight in excess of 5000 pounds or a ground clearance of 8 inches or greater.

“The potential to weaponize these vehicles makes them a serious threat to everyone,” Vann said.  “Cars and trucks kill far more people every year than any other weapon – far exceeding the death toll of guns and knives combined.  Vehicles that are designed for commerce should not be so readily accessible to people with little or no training, and certainly not anyone under the age of 21.  Right now, people leave these dangerous weapons unattended in public spaces, leave keys where children can easily access them, and allow easy access to illegal immigrants and the mentally unstable.”  Van went on to call for legislation requiring all new vehicles to be equipped with driver recognition systems that would prevent them from being used by anyone except authorized drivers.  “We use this technology for phones and laptops, we need it for motor vehicles,” said Vann.  “The technology for “Smart-Vehicles” is already out there and proven to work.  It just needs to be adapted to vehicles,” he said.  “Sure this will be expensive, but look at the benefits.  We could save hundreds of lives every year with this technology – more once all existing vehicles are retrofit with the system.  And as an extra benefit, since the systems are computer controlled, systems for remote deactivation can be included, allowing police or other competent authorities to shut down any vehicle that is being used in an unsafe or criminal manner.”

Vann said that until Smart-Vehicle systems can be deployed, and a functional background check and screening process established, every commercial, potential assault vehicle, particularly the UPS and FedEx delivery trucks that are in our neighborhoods every day, should be required to have a 24-hour armed guard to prevent theft or hijacking, and to be prepared to take action to stop a driver who begins driving in an erratic or threatening manner.

This is just common sense,” says Vann.  “It’s easier to buy a deadly assault vehicle today than it is to buy a book.  You don’t even have to have a license.  All you need is enough money for a down payment, and not even that if your credit is good.  They can even be purchased directly over the internet and delivered to the buyer’s door, or easily rented from equipment home improvement stores.  We owe it to our children to keep these dangerous vehicles out of the hands of dangerous people and off our neighborhood streets.”

Vann says that RAAVV will be hosting walk-ins on major thoroughfares around the country to raise awareness of the dangers of assault vehicles, and that they have formed a speaker’s bureau of victims of vehicle-violence to tell their stories and advocate with lawmakers.

“If we just save the life of one child, all of the effort and expense will be worth it,” said Vann.  “Join RAAVV.  Sign our petition to President Obama.  Send as large a contribution as you can afford, and do it today – for the children.”

June 25, 2016

Your rights are under attack.

On June 12, an ISIS inspired terrorist went on a killing spree in a crowded Orlando night club, killing forty-nine and wounding over fifty.  It was several hours before the police were able to gain control of the scene and shoot the terrorist.  The Obama Administration claims to be baffled as to what the killer’s motives were.  However, they, along with their fellow travelers in Congress and the media, are still somehow confident this attack could have been prevented if you were disarmed. 

In the immediate aftermath of this tragedy, five legislative proposals were filed in the U. S. Senate calling for more restrictions of your constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.  The proposals involved various blends of requiring background checks on private property transfers and using secret government lists to identify individuals who would not be allowed to buy firearms.  Four of them have been defeated.  The fifth, proposed by Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, and co-sponsored by Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, has been “tabled” for now, but could be revived any time at the discretion of the Senate Leadership.  Attempts to get essentially identical proposals heard in the U. S. House were stopped by Speaker Paul Ryan after a “sit in” was staged by House Democrats.

No one should be deprived of their rights without due process.  People are placed on the government’s secret watch lists (e.g., “no fly) at the whim of unelected bureaucrats.  There is no known process for getting removed.  None of these legislative proposals included any due process requirements for government bureaucrats to place anyone on a list that would then be used to prohibit them from possessing a firearm.  If these proposals became law, NICS data could be used to populate a “no buy” lists in order to prevent future firearm purchases.

None of these proposals would have prevented what happened in Orlando.  They accomplish nothing other than to callously exploit the deaths of innocent people in order to disarm you.

The “some people” ruse.

The “Trojan Horse” argument used for implementing these proposals is that if “some people” were not legally allowed to possess firearms, bad things wouldn’t happen.  Recent attacks in France, where every law these rights despising legislators would impose on us is already in place, and then some, demonstrate the fallacy of this notion.  Clearly, in the minds of the people proposing this argument, YOU are the “some people” they have in mind.

Unless someone is a proven threat to themselves or others, they should not be denied their fundamental rights.  If they ARE a proven threat, they should be locked away.  If they are not, then they should be free to exercise all of their rights.  Rather than use “Thought Police” tactics to disarm people who “might” be a threat, the correct response is to remove barriers that force innocent people to become victims.  The best answer to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.  In Orlando, there were hundreds of good people who could have stopped the killer, if state law hadn’t disarmed them.

June 14, 2016

Gun Control Kills!

On June 12, in Orlando, Florida, an ISIS inspired terrorist shot over one hundred people in a crowded night club, killing forty-nine.  For the unarmed victims, when seconds counted, the police were hours away.

It was three hours before the police were able to perform the necessary act of shooting the bad guy. That option SHOULD have been available to every lawful patron of that club. Why wasn’t it?  The reason is gun control.

The attack took place in a so-called “gun free zone.” Even worse, anti-freedom “activists” are already taking this opportunity to dance in the blood of the victims while screaming for more “background checks.”

The Orlando murderer passed multiple background checks. He was the poster child for so-called “common sense gun laws,” with a government issued firearms permit that required repeated background checks and yearly renewals.  Like virtually all recent mass killers, he passed a background check for the retail purchase of his rifle.  But now politicians are telling us that if we just criminalize the private transfer of your firearms, this kind of thing would never happen.  What nonsense!

This demonstrates the utter fraud of “background checks.” 

Now the demonization phase – Since it’s politically incorrect to bring up the killer’s motives, the media blames the tool, the most popular small caliber rifle in America, the AR-15.  Of course, we now discover that this terrorist didn’t even use an AR pattern rifle, but that won’t matter as long as there is an agenda to push.

AzCDL stands with the Pink Pistols, who, in their press release, state that now is not the time “to demonize the man’s tools, but to condemn his acts and work to prevent such acts in the future.”

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!

June 3, 2016

Bloomberg Countdown.

In 2014, after passing a “universal background check” ballot measure in Washington, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety organization bragged that Nevada, Maine and Arizona were next.  They made good on their promise and have already completed the necessary groundwork in Nevada and Maine.  Those states will have “universal background check” measures on their November 2016 ballots.  With Constitutional Carry, and being recognized 3 times in a row as the best state for gun owners, Arizona is the brass ring for these anti-rights zealots.  It’s not a matter of “if” Bloomberg targets Arizona; it’s now a matter of “when.” 

With a presidential election this year, along with state ballot measures for marijuana legalization and inflating minimum wages, 2016 would be optimal for Bloomberg to get a gun owner registration measure on the Arizona ballot.  But, so far it hasn’t happened and time is running out.  Bloomberg has less than 5 weeks to meet the July 7 deadline for filing the required paperwork and producing 150,642 valid petition signatures. 

Before the signatures can be gathered, the paperwork establishing Bloomberg’s gun grabbing ballot measure must be filed with the Arizona Secretary of State.  That has yet to happen.  If the ballot measure was filed and approved next week and petition gathering started immediately, and every signature is valid, and only the required 150,642 are obtained, over 30,000 valid signatures are needed each and every week until the July 7 deadline.  We are cautiously optimistic that Bloomberg will not attempt a ballot measure at this late date but we won’t count on it until the July 7 deadline has passed.
 
Bloomberg skipping Arizona this election cycle does not mean we have won or that he won’t try in the next election cycle.  With the veto of HB 2524, the AzCDL-requested bill to establish an interstate firearms compact that would have blocked a “universal background check” ballot measure, Governor Ducey handed Bloomberg the gift of time.  Assuming he won’t attack this year, Bloomberg will have two years to campaign in Arizona for the destruction of your right to transfer your personal property without asking for government permission and being tracked in government databases.  The veto of HB 2524 was a signal to Bloomberg that opposition will not come from the Governor.  That same veto means the Legislature is unlikely to try to pass similar legislation again.

If Bloomberg does not get his ballot measure filed this year, it also means we will have two years to prepare to defeat his ballot measure.  Watching what is happening now in Nevada confirms that we will be on our own.  No white knight is going to ride in and save the day.  It’s going to be entirely up to us, but with your donations and support, we can win this!

The countdown begins.

May 20, 2016

AzCDL Fundraising Emails.

When we started AzCDL our policy was that we wouldn’t send our members fundraising emails. Membership donations and the occasional raffle pay the bills but don’t leave much in the way of reserves.  This policy was fine when everything was rainbows and unicorns and all we needed to deal with was Arizona legislation.  However it’s a suicide pact when faced with what Bloomberg is going to bring to Arizona.

In 2014, after passing a “universal background check” ballot measure in Washington, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety organization bragged that Nevada, Maine and Arizona were next.  They have completed the groundwork In Nevada and Maine.  Those states will have “universal background check” measures on their November ballots.  With Constitutional Carry, and being recognized 3 times in a row as the best state for gun owners, Arizona is the brass ring for anti-rights zealots.  It’s not a matter of “if” Bloomberg targets Arizona, it’s a matter of “when.”  With a national election this November, Arizona is ripe for the picking.

We must finance this battle ourselves.  No white knight is going to ride in and save the day.  In Nevada, about $1.15 Million has been raised by Bloomberg affiliates to support their “universal background check” ballot measure.  Fund raising to combat Bloomberg in Nevada has been largely local.  Financial support from national firearms groups has been very restrained.  We should not expect anything different for Arizona.  It’s also wrong to expect any other group to handle this for us.

None of us at AzCDL want to be involved in fundraising, and rest assured none of us are making any money from this.  If we can stop the threat, the fundraising will stop as well, and we'll be just as glad of that fact.  But we simply cannot stand idly by and let Bloomberg win.   We've already heard from too many in Washington and Oregon that there was no organized resistance when he came at them. That will not be the case in Arizona.

AzCDL is not affiliated with any national organization.  No sugar daddies, no grants, no gifts from millionaires, no political party slush funds.  To fight Bloomberg we need to raise as much money as possible.  We have embarked on a fund raising campaign that will end when a Bloomberg backed “universal background checks” ballot measure is no longer a threat in Arizona. 

We thank everyone who has embraced our fund raising campaign and made a donation.   For those who have yet to donate, when you get our next fundraising email and you feel it’s not worth helping us fight Bloomberg, simply click on the “unsubscribe” feature and we’ll stop asking for your donations.  You will still get our legislative alerts.

May 13, 2016

Legislative Recap.

The 2016 Legislative session is officially over.  The status and summary of bills that AzCDL monitored this session can be found on our Bill Tracking page.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2014, after passing a “universal background check” ballot measure in Washington, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety organization bragged that Nevada, Maine and Arizona were next.  In Nevada and Maine the groundwork is completed.  They will have “universal background check” measures on their November ballots.  Bloomberg has less than 2 months to accomplish the same thing here in Arizona.  We must operate on the assumption that it will happen and be prepared to not just fight it, but to stop it from becoming the law in Arizona.

With the veto of HB 2524, legislative remedies are no longer available.  We can only stop him at the ballot box.
If Bloomberg’s ballot measure passes, Arizona’s Constitution prevents it from being overturned by a subsequent Legislature. 

From what we’ve seen happen in Washington, Nevada and Maine, we cannot count on outside help.  The reality is that we must fight this battle ourselves.  AzCDL is self-funded and operates from the generosity of our members.  To maintain our independence we are unaffiliated.  We don’t receive corporate grants or have a rich sugar daddy hiding in the shadows.  Your donations determine if we succeed or fail.  In order to win this, we are going to need your support to help us spread the word.  When the next fund raising letter hits your in box, please remember that we can only defeat Bloomberg with your help.

May 10, 2016

Governor vetoes interstate firearms compact.

Today, May 10, Governor Ducey vetoed HB 2524, the AzCDL-requested interstate firearms compact bill.  HB 2524 would have prohibited Arizona and other member states from enacting firearm transfer requirements that are more restrictive that existing federal law.  In his veto letter Governor Ducey said that he sees “no reason for Arizona to tie ourselves to other state’s decisions on public policy relating to the transfer of firearms.”

By agreeing to follow federal law as part of an interstate compact, enactment of HB 2524 would have derailed the Bloomberg financed ballot measure we expect to soon see filed.  If this ballot measure passes in November, it will criminalize all private firearms transfers in Arizona that are not conducted through a federal firearms licensee.  In order to make this “universal background check” requirement work, state level gun owner registration would have to take place – otherwise how would they know you are breaking the law?

By vetoing HB 2524, Governor Ducey gave the green light to Bloomberg.  Now that the Legislative session is over, all that Bloomberg needs for his measure to get on the November ballot is to file the required paperwork and gather 150,642 petition signatures by July 7.  Easy work for a billionaire.

In 2014, after passage of a “universal background check” ballot measure in the state of Washington, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety bragged that they were going to target Nevada, Maine and Arizona for the same treatment.  In 2015, Bloomberg’s groups successfully met the requirements to get their scheme on the 2016 Nevada ballot.  Earlier this year, they met similar requirements in Maine. 

In April, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, hired Pedro Morillas, a New York lobbyist registered in Arizona.  That indicates that they are getting ready to start the petition filing process here.  The countdown has begun.
With the Governor's veto of HB 2524, we need to shift our focus to defeating Bloomberg at the ballot box in November.  In Washington, despite Bloomberg and his buddies spending over $10 Million, their ballot measure passed with only 59% of the vote.  That suggests to us that if gun owners show up on Election Day we can tilt the odds in our favor.  But, that means we need to pull together to make sure that Arizona's gun owners understand the issue. 

You can help us by spreading the word.  We even have a handout that you can use!  If you would like some to give to family members and friends, let us know and we’ll mail them to you. 

Let’s do this!

May 7, 2016

Sine Die!

On Saturday, May 7, at 5:45 AM, the Arizona Legislature adjourned (Sine Die) their 2016 Regular Session.

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

Shortly before Sine Die, three important pro-rights firearms bills received their final votes in the Legislature and were sent to the Governor.  NOW is the time to contact Governor Ducey and urge him to sign these bills into law.

Your emails to send to the Governor on the bills listed below have been prepared and are ready for you to send. 


HB 2338 is the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit the governing boards of educational institutions from banning firearms on public rights of way.  Click here to send your email to Governor Ducey.

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 Governor Ducey.

SB 1266 would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes.  Click here to send your email to Governor Ducey.

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.

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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