Contact / About Us


(623) 242-9086,

Protecting Your Freedom

PO Box 86256, Tucson, AZ 85754

The Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL) is a non-profit 501(c)(4), all volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to the principles contained in Article II, Section 2 of the Arizona Constitution that "All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights."  The rights of self-defense and bearing arms are the foundation for all other rights.  Our freedom of speech, our freedom from unreasonable searches, our rights against self-incrimination, our right to bear arms, all of our fundamental rights only exist because we stand firmly resolved to preserve them. AzCDL exists to strengthen that resolve.

AzCDL’s  success  is not accidental.  AzCDL was founded by a group of local activists who recognized that a sustained, coordinated, statewide effort was critical to restoring and protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.  Between legislative sessions, we look for ways to improve existing laws and meet with legislators on proposed bills.  During a session, AzCDL’s representatives work full-time at the Arizona Capitol, testifying at committee hearings, monitoring Floor votes, and working with other pro-rights groups.  AzCDL lobbies heavily on behalf of our membership and the good citizens of Arizona.  We lobby against bills that constitute an impairment on your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Press, media and general queries should be directed to
Charles Heller,, (520) 870-2700.
AzCDL’s directors and officers are listed below.

President - Dave Kopp,, (Legislation)
Vice-President - Michael Gibbs,
Secretary - Tom Woodrow, 
Treasurer - Fred Dahnke,, (623) 242-9086  (Membership)
Director - Ed Martinez,
Director - J.D. “Duke” Schechter,
Media Coordinator - Charles Heller,, (520) 870-2700  (Communications)
PAC Administrator - Drake Mitchell,

Please address all correspondence to:

AzCDL Membership
PO Box 86256
Tucson, AZ 85754

Emails work best!  Just click on any of the email addresses above
You can also leave a voice mail  message at (623) 242-9086

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Prospective members who wish to know more about how our organization is structured can read our bylaws for more information, or contact any of the directors or officers listed above.

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