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ARIZONA CITIZENS DEFENSE LEAGUE

(623) 242-9086, treasurer@azcdl.org

Protecting Your Freedom

PO Box 86256, Tucson, AZ 85754

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July 21, 2019

Receving AzCDL Alerts.

We've upgraded our Alerts system.  In addition to receiving these emails, you can also receive text messages or use our Mobile App.

To subscribe to AzCDL text (SMS) alerts, simply text the word AZCDL to 50457.   Text alerts will be limited to items that require immediate action, like contacting your legislators.  You can also subscribe by completing the online form here.
 
The AzCDL Mobile App - Depending on your smart phone or tablet's operating system, visit the Google Play or Apple (iTunes) store and download and install the VoterVoice app.  After you have downloaded and installed the App, you will be prompted to enter your email address.  A verification code will be sent to your email account.  After verifying your email account, you will be brought to a "Find Organization" page.  Start typing AZCDL and the option for AZCDL should appear directly below where you were typing.  Tap or click AZCDL and you'll then have access to our new mobile app.  Future action alerts will be delivered directly to your mobile device.

July 13, 2019

Safe Schools and Healthy Students Seminar.

We invite you to attend a seminar on Safe Schools and Healthy Students, presented by Lt. Col. David Grossman, between 9 AM and 5 PM on September 14, 2019 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.

Detailed information about the seminar can be found at https://www.azcdl.org/html/school_safety.html .

General admission is $75 and includes a box lunch.  Sandwich choices are Turkey, Ham or Grilled Vegetables.

VIP Reception tickets are available for $150 and, in addition to the seminar, include a one-hour breakfast reception from 8 AM to 9 AM; a signed copy of one of Colonel Grossman’s books; a photo with Colonel Grossman and preferred seating at the seminar.

Tickets are available at https://www.accelevents.com/e/Safety
Tickets must be purchased prior to September 6, 2019.
Proceeds benefit the AZCDL Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity.

July 1, 2019

White House Second Amendment Petition.

Pro-rights blogger and long-time Second Amendment activist David Codrea spotted an egregious error in the White House’s description of the Bill of Rights, where they state that the Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms.  This appears to be a holdover from the Obama White House, however when we have an administration promising to protect our Second Amendment rights, this error cannot be left unchallenged.

As stated by the Framers, and what every gun owner should know, the Second Amendment protects a preexisting individual right to keep and bear arms.  It doesn’t “grant” or “give” anything.

Since this is an easy fix that can be done by an aide in a few seconds, David has set up a White House petition to call their attention to this oversight.  97,658 signatures are required by July 27 to get a response from the White House.  To add your signature, click on the link below.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/recognize-government-does-not-give-citizens-right-bear-arms

June 7, 2019

Over 16,000 AzCDL Members!

This past weekend, at a gun show in Show Low, hard-working AzCDL volunteers recruited our 16,000th member.

We’ve come a long way in 14 years. 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 were successful in achieving Constitutional Carry in Arizona.  The right to carry openly or discreetly without begging for government permission was restored.  Because of our success, Guns and Ammo magazine has declared Arizona as the number one state for gun owners for the last six years.

AzCDL is fiercely independent.  We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive any money from, any national organizations.  No sugar daddies.  No New York billionaires.  Memberships and Individual donations are our only source of income.

If you are not a member, we urge you to join AzCDL.  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.

June 4, 2019

AzCDL’s latest newsletter available online.

The AzCDL Newsletter for May 2019 is available for viewing and downloading at our website.

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • A recap of the 2019 legislative session.
  • Our Legislature at “Work.”
  • Team AzCDL returns to Front Sight.
  • The 2019 AzCDL annual director election.

Download your copy today!

May 29, 2019

Sine Die!

At 12:58 AM on May 28, 2019, the Arizona Legislature officially adjourned (Sine Die) their 2019 Regular Session.  Any bills that did not make it through the Legislature are dead this year.  The general effective date of bills signed by the Governor is August 27, 2019 (90 days after the end of the session).  The status and summary of bills that AzCDL monitored this session can be found on our Bill Tracking page.

We thank AzCDL members and activists that sent over sixty-three thousand emails to legislators and the Governor using AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center this session.  You made a difference.

This year was the toughest session we’ve encountered.  With your help and activism, we were successful in defeating 20 bills, predominately filed by Democrats, that targeted your rights.  Unfortunately, this session Republicans showed very little interest in supporting your rights.  Of the half dozen or so bills filed that would restore and protect your right to keep and bear arms, the only bill that made it to the Governor’s desk was SB 1291 which overturned the decades old ban on the possession of nunchakus.

We expect even bigger challenges next year. Those that want to disarm you are emboldened.  Understanding that they have less chance of success at the national level, they are redoubling their efforts at the state level.  Arizona, the state Guns and Ammo has rated as the best state for gun owners for the last 6 years (thanks to your efforts!), is their number one target.  We must stay alert and be ready for the next wave of attacks.

May 22, 2019

Supporting the Wickenburg High School Rifle Team.

Two members of the Wickenburg (Arizona) High School (WHS) Rifle Team, which may be the only recognized public high school high-power rifle team in the USA, have been invited to join the United States F Class National Under 25 Team.  WHS teams have earned four national records in F Class.

Since the team is a public-school activity, donations are fully tax-deductible to anyone in the USA.  However, Arizona residents get a deal that’s hard to refuse: you can write off the full amount of your donation against your state income tax liability... not just as a deduction, but as a tax credit.

To clarify, if you usually owe the state of Arizona $200 for state income tax each year, you can make a donation of $200 to the Wickenburg High School Rifle Team and owe the state nothing next April ($400 for couples).  If those taxes have already been withheld from your paycheck, you will actually get a refund from the state!

It's also a terrific way to send a message to both the school system and to the state tax authorities about where their priorities should be.  Some years back, the Wickenburg school board took official notice in their minutes that the Rifle Team was neck and neck with the football team for the most popular recipient of tax credit funding.  It was that sort of community acceptance that caused them to upgrade the school rifle "club" to a recognized "sport."

Donations can be made immediately online — you no longer have to cut a check or even lick a stamp.  Visit: https://wickenburg.revtrak.net/tek9.asp

Click on "Tax Credits," then select "Wickenburg High School" and “Other.”   Important: in the “Other” field, write: Rifle Team
Specify the amount of your donation, then click on “continue” and follow instructions for making your online donation.

Any amount helps.  The youngsters of Wickenburg thank you, and so does AzCDL.

If you would like more information about the WHS rifle team, please contact C. D. Tavares at guninstructor@libertyhaven.com.

May 12, 2019

Legislative Update.

On Friday, May 10, Governor Ducey signed SB 1291, repealing the decades old law that banned possession of nunchakus. We thank everyone who contacted on the Governor about SB 1291.  You made a difference.

The nunchakus ban was so broadly written that in Arizona it is technically a Class 4 felony to be in possession of a jump rope (“two or more…. handles, connected by a rope.…”).   Arizona was one of only four states, along with California, Massachusetts, and New York, that banned nunchakus.  In 2018, New York’s ban was struck down in federal court as a violation of the Second Amendment.

The repeal of the nunchakus ban will go into effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends.  The target for ending a legislative session is 100 days from the start.  That date was Tuesday, April 23.  Right now, the legislature is haggling over the state budget.  We don’t expect them to be finished anytime soon.

April 25, 2019

2019 Gun Rights Policy Conference – Phoenix.

Great News!  The annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) will once again be held in Arizona.

The 2019 GRPC will be held in Phoenix, September 20-22, at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Avenue.

We encourage everyone to attend
 Admission is FREE.

GRPC will start with an evening reception on Friday, September 20, and run through mid-day on September 22.  The bulk of the activity and forums will be on Saturday, September 21 and includes an evening reception.

GRPC is your chance to network with activists from around the country, get an insider look and plan pro-rights strategies for the coming year.  This conference allows you a first-hand chance to hear movement leaders - and make your voice heard.  This year the focus will be on issues such as: city gun bans, "smart guns”, concealed carry, federal legislation, legal actions, gun show regulation, and state and local activity.  We also expect firearms confiscations via “red flag” orders to be discussed.

The full roster of GRPC 2019 speakers has not yet been set. Past speakers include: Alan M. Gottlieb, Joseph P. Tartaro, Eugene Volokh, Wayne LaPierre, Michael Reagan, Larry Elder, Rep. Bob Barr, John Lott, Mark Walters, Sandy Froman, Rick Patterson, Gene Hoffman, Tim Schmidt, AWR Hawkins, Massad Ayoob, Tom Gresham, Alan Gura, G. Gordon Liddy, Larry Pratt, Emily Miller, AzCDL President Dave Kopp and many others.  Updates and registration can be found at the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) website.

For those traveling to Phoenix, a special discount hotel rate is available.

March 16, 2019

U.S. Senate Shows Support for Firearms Confiscations.

Per Gun Owners of America (GOA), in the
Republican controlled U.S. Senate, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) has scheduled a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for March 26, on S. 7, a bill supporting state firearms confiscations under the guise of Extreme Risk Protection Orders.  Sadly, the primary sponsor to S. 7 is Republican Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).  S.7 isn’t the only firearms confiscation bill filed.  Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) filed a similar Senate bill, S. 506, and in the House, H.R. 744 and 1236 have been filed. 

Extreme Risk Protection Orders, also known as “red flag” laws, are nothing more than firearms confiscations disguised as “gun violence” prevention.  The alleged purpose of these laws is to curtail school shootings but the targets of the confiscations are almost always law-abiding adults.  In Vermont, firearms were confiscated from the uncle of a student plotting an attack on this school, not because he was involved, but simply because the student mentioned that he knew his uncle had firearms.

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Here in Arizona, Governor Ducey has repeatedly pledged his support for confiscation of your firearms via an Arizona red flag law.  These laws allow for “emergency” confiscations of firearms, using low evidentiary standards with virtually no recourse or appeals, based on unsubstantiated claims from disgruntled family members, casual relationships, school officials and even total strangers.

We have drafted an email to send to your Arizona U.S. Senators urging them to oppose S.7 and any similar legislation.  Silence = Acceptance.  If they don’t hear from you, they’ll assume that you support firearms confiscations and will vote accordingly.  Even if you feel they may not be listening, why make it easy for them?  Let’s flood them with emails. 

Click here to send your emails to your Senators

We encourage you to share the above link with everyone you know, regardless of where they reside.  The legislative email is not Arizona specific.  It will be transmitted to U.S. Senators based on the address of the sender.

January 12, 2019

Governor Ducey reaffirms support for firearms confiscation.

In the final weeks of the 2018 Arizona Legislative session, at the behest of Governor Ducey, a bill was introduced in the Senate to allow for the “emergency” confiscation of your firearms, using low evidentiary standards with virtually no recourse or appeals and based on claims from disgruntled family members or school officials.  Thanks to AzCDL’s intervention the bill failed to pass out of the House before the end of the session.

Governor Ducey refers to his firearms confiscations as STOP (Severe Threat Order of Protection) orders.   In many other states they are referred to as “red flag” laws, all part of a distressing national trend to trample your rights.  Recently in Vermont, the courts used their state’s red flag law to confiscate the firearms of an uncle of a student who was plotting to go on a rampage at his local school.  The uncle was targeted, not because he was involved, but because the student mentioned that he knew that there were guns at his uncle’s house.  Imagine that happening to you.  In Maryland, the police killed a man while confiscating his guns using their red flag law.

The Arizona Capitol Times, in their issue dated January 11, 2019, has reported that one of Governor Ducey’s top priorities for the 2019 session is passage of his firearms confiscation plan. We expect to see the Governor’s proposal introduced early in the 2019 session with full support of the legislative leadership.

January 11, 2019

Follow AzCDL on Twitter.

The 2019 Arizona legislative session begins on Monday, January 14.  In addition to these email alerts, to get the latest news on pending legislation, you can also follow us on Twitter at
https://twitter.com/AzCDL_Alerts .  For those familiar with Twitter, the account is @AzCDL_Alerts.

December 19, 2018

Donate to the AzCDL Foundation – Get a tax deduction.

Last year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) approved the application for the newly minted AzCDL Foundation as a tax exempt “charity” under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.   AzCDL spent the last 13 years, with the support of our members, restoring and protecting the right to keep and bear arms in Arizona through legislative lobbying.  Thanks to our efforts more Arizonans are exercising their right to bear arms than ever before. 

Through our lobbying efforts at the Legislature, in 2010 we succeeded in restoring the right of law-abiding adults to carry openly or discreetly without seeking government permission.  The CCW permit still exists but is now optional. 

Additionally, we were able to achieve significant reforms in the CCW permit process.  The result has been a dramatic increase in permit issuance, despite no longer being required.  As of December 16, 2018, Arizona issued 338,156 CCW permits.  Because of several other legislative reforms we’ve initiated or supported, there are fewer restrictions on where and when you may carry a firearm. 

And, thanks to AzCDL’s success at the Legislature, Arizona has earned the reputation for being the friendliest state for gun owners.

If we are going to continue to be successful at the Legislature it is important to show that Arizona has the most responsible gun owners in America.  That is the mission of the AzCDL Foundation. The AzCDL Foundation has the following goals:
 

  • Promote firearms safety, training, practice, and skill at arms.
  • Facilitate access to firearms training opportunities.
  • Raise awareness of the constitutional and legal aspects of firearms possession, safety and use.

You can support the AzCDL Foundation through your tax-deductible donations

The AzCDL Foundation is a separate, self-funding entity from AzCDL.  Your donations will help it achieve its goals.  As a 501(c)(3) organization, donations made to the AzCDL Foundation
are tax deductible, in contrast to donations to AzCDL which are not tax deductible.  Donations to the Foundation can be made directly at: http://azcdlfoundation.org.

Shop online?  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 AmazonSmile feature for shopping at Amazon, use this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-3009127 .

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.”

October 21, 2018

AzCDL Annual Meeting Audio.

We thank everyone who attended AzCDL’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Members in Phoenix.  You made it a huge success!  Over 400 AzCDL members and their guests filled the meeting 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.  Key recordings of the meeting have been posted on our annual meeting page (scroll near the bottom).

More extensive audio and video recordings of the annual meeting will be made available for our membership in the coming weeks.

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

October 9, 2018

Arizona rated best state for gun owners - again!

For the SIXTH consecutive year Guns and Ammo magazine has rated Arizona as the #1 state for gun owners.  The ratings are published in the November 2018 issue.  Click here to view a copy of the ratings.

States were measured by the following criteria:

  • Right To Carry
  • Treatment of “modern sporting rifles” (ARs, AKs, etc.)
  • Magazine capacity limits
  • Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground
  • Treatment of NFA firearms.
  • Miscellaneous issues such as constitutional protections, preemption, restrictions on gun or ammo purchases, magazine capacity, CCW reciprocity, availability of places to shoot, etc.

Arizona’s six year #1 rating is primarily because of what AzCDL has accomplished.  Prior to AzCDL’s involvement, other organizations were content with the status quo in Arizona and made almost no effort to push for improvements.

As a result, 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.  Castle doctrine and “no duty to retreat” laws were weak.

AzCDL was created by a handful of activists in 2005 who didn’t like the status quo.  By 2010 we achieved 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.  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.

September 29, 2018

AzCDL Awarded - Again!

At the 2018 Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) held in Chicago on September 21-23, 2018, AzCDL was awarded
“Grassroots Organization of the Year” for our legislative activism.  This is our fifth award from GRPC and the third time we were recognized as the grassroots organization of the year.

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August 28, 2018

Attorneys on Retainer discount for AzCDL Members.

For the law-abiding, the heaviest thing about a firearm is the responsibility that comes with it.  If you carry a firearm, you already accepted the responsibility of defending yourself and loved ones.  However, carrying a firearm increases your odds of an interaction with law enforcement, and even the most minimal act of defending yourself can come with experiencing the criminal “justice” system in a less than positive way.  Sitting in the county lock-up is not the time to start thinking about legal representation.

With the rise of responsible citizens carrying firearms, a number of insurance plans have become available for firearms owners.  They typically provide a network of attorneys that can assist you and provide legal representation.  However, for the most part, you have no idea who will be representing you until you call.  Do you really want to trust your legal problem to an attorney that you may know nothing about, and may not have extensive expertise in Arizona firearms laws?

Here in Arizona, we have another option.  Phoenix-based criminal defense attorney, and AzCDL Life Member, Marc Victor offers an Attorneys on Retainer program.  It’s not an insurance program.  As a member of the program, you become a client of his law firm and can utilize his services at a greatly reduced rate.  More information about the program and its benefits can be found at https://attorneysforfreedom.com/attorney-retainer-cost .

Marc is offering a discounted group plan for AzCDL members.  After a $50 set-up fee, your per person monthly cost is $14.95 (10% less for a yearly payment).  If you want to sign up for Marc Victor’s Attorneys on Retainer program for AzCDL members, reply to this message.  Once we have verified your AzCDL membership status, we will provide you with a special website link and password.

Regardless of whether you take advantage of this program, or any of the others being offered, if you own a firearm we recommend that you establish a relationship with qualified legal counsel before the need ever arises.

Marc Victor will also be speaking at this year’s Annual Meeting of Members.  It’s an opportunity for you to meet him in person.

July 15, 2018

Voting Records.

2018 is an election year.  The Arizona State primary elections are on August 28, 2018.

Wonder how your Arizona State legislators have honored their oath of office?

AzCDL has posted the voting records of all state legislators on key pro-rights firearms bills for the 2017 and 2018 Legislative sessions on our website’s Voting Records page.

We encourage you to look them over.  You can find who your State Senator and Representatives are here (scroll to the bottom of the page).

May 16, 2018

Will Trump ban your AR?

President Trump has directed his Justice Department to draft a ruling that would define add-on devices like “bump stocks” as machine guns under federal law.  While many of you may think it’s no big deal because you don’t own a bump stock, such a ruling could make your AR pattern rifle illegal, and you a felon for possessing it.

The National Firearms Act (NFA), 26 U.S.C. Chapter 53, defines the term “firearm” to include a machinegun. Section 5845(b) of the NFA defines “machinegun” as “any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. The term shall also include the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any part designed and intended solely and exclusively, or combination of parts designed and intended, for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun, and any combination of parts from which a machinegun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person.”

The proposed regulations would define a gun as a machinegun even if the trigger resets for every round that is fired, so long as the finger only pulls the trigger once, which occurs when “bump firing” any semi-automatic rifle, not just AR’s.
 
If the Trump Justice Department issues a ruling that adding a bump stock to your AR makes it a machine gun and federal law says that a machine gun is any weapon that “can be readily restored to shoot” as a machine gun, then by definition all AR pattern rifles could be instantly classified as machine guns because they can “be readily restored” by adding a bump stock or similar device.

It gets worse.  Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 922(o), machineguns manufactured on or after May 19, 1986, may only be transferred to or possessed by Federal, State, and local government agencies for official use.  If the potential of adding a bump stock automatically makes your AR a machine gun and it’s illegal for you to possess any machine gun manufactured after May 19, 1986, you are now a felon.  There is no “grandfather” clause in existing federal law.  If you own an AR manufactured before 1986, you could still be considered to be in possession of an unregistered machinegun.

It appears that with one bureaucratic ruling, President Trump will accomplish what those who want to disarm you have been pushing for decades, the outlawing of most popular rifle in America – your AR.

We’re at a crossroads.  You can do nothing and hope no one knows you have an AR when the confiscations begin, or you can join the fight to prevent the Justice Department from ruling that your AR can be considered a machine gun because it can be bump fired.
 
The Trump Justice Department’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,” that would reclassify bump stocks as machine guns under the National Firearms Act,  is now open for public comments.  The deadline for making comments is June 27, 2018.

Click here for a direct link to make a comment.

After clicking on the above link click on the blue “Comment Now” tab in the upper right corner:
That will take you the page for adding your comments. 

February 28, 2018

Join AzCDL on Facebook.

Do you have a Facebook account?  Tired of seeing endless selfies and monotonous memes?  Check out AzCDL’s Facebook group where the focus of the discussion is on your right to keep and bear arms.

To join, visit AzCDL’s Facebook group and request to join.  This is a closed and moderated group.  No trolls allowed.  Participants must be vetted and approved.

November 4, 2017

Arizona rated best state for gun owners - for the 5th year in a row!

For the FIFTH 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, preemption, restrictions on gun or ammo purchases, magazine capacity, CCW reciprocity, availability of places to shoot, etc.

Here is what Guns & Ammo magazines said about Arizona’s #1 rating: “It’s hard to improve upon Arizona’s gun laws but they seem to make an effort every year.  In 2017, Governor Ducey signed legislation into law preventing local governments from enacting background check requirements for gun ownership. Arizona maxes-out in every category thanks to its permitless (and permitted) carry, very strong self-defense laws, hands-off NFA and Black Gun policies and an overall hassle-free landscape for gun owners.  The Phoenix area likely has the most active competitive shooting cultures in the nation and there are countless places to shoot in the deserts if you’re the kind that likes to take long shots.  The hunting opportunities are some of the best in the country, though tags can be a challenge to draw, so if you’re a sportsman as well as a gun owner you’re in luck.  The gap between Arizona and other states in the top-10 has certainly narrowed in the past few years but we have no justification for taking the winning slot away from our reigning champion.”

Arizona’s five year #1 rating is primarily because of what AzCDL has accomplished.  Prior to AzCDL’s involvement, national pro-rights firearms organizations were content with the status quo in Arizona and made almost no effort to push for improvements.

As a result, 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.  Castle doctrine and “no duty to retreat” laws were weak.

AzCDL was created by a handful of activists in 2005 who didn’t like the status quo.  By 2010 we achieved 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 bear arms.  With your continued support we can achieve that goal.

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?

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

August 18, 2017

Arizona 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.

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.

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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