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Protecting Your Freedom

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February 6, 2016

Legislative Update.

The status and summary of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.
 
The deadline for all bills to be heard in committees in their originating chamber (House or Senate) is Friday, February 19, less than two weeks away.    Most of the bills we are monitoring will not survive that deadline.

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

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

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

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

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

February 2, 2016

RTS Access Update.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 30, 2016

Legislative Update.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 30, 2016

RTS Access Issues.

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

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

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

January 28, 2016

HB 2494 Committee Hearing Scheduled.

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

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

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

January 25, 2016

Unleash RTS!

One of the most effective ways to communicate your position on Arizona legislation is through the Request to Speak (RTS) system.  RTS was created to allow the public to register an opinion on bills scheduled for committee hearings.  Until recently, the only way to use the system was by using computer terminals at the Capitol in Phoenix or the state offices in Tucson.  Starting this session, you can create an RTS account and chime in on bills from the comfort of home.

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

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

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

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

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

January 23, 2016

Legislative Update.

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 15, 2016

Legislative Update.

The 2016 Legislative session officially convened on Monday, January 11.  Legislators have only a couple of weeks to file their proposed legislation.  February 8 is the final day for all bills to be filed.  Over 700 bills have already been filed.  In 2015, over 1,200 bills were filed.  We expect at least that many this year.
 
AzCDL researches all proposed legislation for language that may impact your right to keep and bear arms.  Relevant bills, and their status, will appear on our Bill Tracking page.  In addition to providing links and basic information on legislation, we add our position along with a plain language summary and comments.

Our Bill Tracking page is updated daily.  We encourage you to check it regularly.

As legislation progresses, we will call upon you, using these Alerts, to help us enlighten legislators on the importance of bills needing their support.  We cannot emphasize enough the importance and impact of your emails to legislators using AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center.  We make it easy for you with pre-written emails.  A few mouse clicks is all that is needed to make a big difference in the fate of a bill.

The first step in the road to a bill becoming law is a committee hearing.  The deadline for hearing bills in committees in their originating chamber (House or Senate) is Friday, February 19.  That’s a little over a month from now.  It is impossible for every bill filed to be assigned to a committee for a hearing.  We need to make sure the bills we support get the hearing they deserve.  We will need your help putting pressure on the House and Senate leadership to “remember” to assign bills to committees, committee chairs to “remember” to schedule bills for hearings, and committee members to vote correctly.

January 7, 2016

Arizona’s Legislative Session Begins Monday.

On Monday, January 11, the 2016 Arizona Legislative Session will begin.  The following is a brief overview of the legislative process, along with your role in helping good legislation become law.

Every session, AzCDL brings proposed laws to legislators willing to sponsor them.  Once a bill is formally filed, AzCDL’s lobbyists work with legislators in both “chambers” (House and Senate) to get co-sponsors.  Generally, the greater the number of co-sponsors, the greater the likelihood the bill will succeed.

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

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

Bills must be heard by, and pass out of, their assigned committees to progress further.  The committee chair determines if a bill will get a hearing.  If a bill does not get heard before the associated session deadline, or does not pass out of committee, it cannot proceed.

Once a bill passes out of its committees, it must survive a Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing, where all the legislators in the chamber can debate the merits of the legislation, offer amendments and decide its fate.  Bills passing a COW vote (usually an unrecorded voice vote) must then survive a formal, recorded vote of the entire chamber known as a “Third Read”.  If the bill passes the Third Read vote by a majority of the body (16 votes in the Senate, 31 in the House, regardless of the actual number of legislators in attendance), it can proceed.

This is only half the battle.  Once a bill passes out of the originating chamber (e.g., House) it is sent to the other chamber (e.g., Senate) where the entire process is repeated.

Bills making it through both chambers unchanged are sent to the Governor.  Amended bills must undergo a reconciliation process by both chambers before going to the Governor.

AzCDL lobbyists work daily at the Capitol to monitor legislation, testify at hearings, promote bills we support and call attention to bills we oppose.  However, it is your participation that has the biggest impact on the fate of legislation.  Pressure from you can help the Legislature’s Leadership “remember” to assign a bill to a committee; remind a committee chair to “remember” to schedule a hearing; get committee members to realize that there is tremendous grassroots support for a bill; and enable your legislators and the Governor to understand that you want them to support a bill.

We cannot emphasize enough the importance and impact of your involvement.  It is because AzCDL members took the time to contact committee members, legislators and the Governor that Constitutional Carry is now the law in Arizona.
 
AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center is our tool for you to make a difference during the upcoming legislative session.  We make it easy with targeted, pre-written email messages for you to send with just a few mouse clicks.   Warm up your keyboards and stay tuned for calls to action! 

December 18, 2015

Confiscation Goal Revealed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 5, 2015

The Armed Citizenry.

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” – Thomas Jefferson

Following the recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino our President has called for disarming more citizens.  In contrast, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has called for Arizona’s almost 250,000 CCW permit holders to help stop terrorism and mass shootings.  CCW permit holders are only the tip of the iceberg of armed citizens in Arizona.  Thanks to AzCDL there is no requirement to beg government officials for permission to exercise your right to bear arms in Arizona – permits are optional.  All of us responsibly exercising our rights can be a very large deterrent.

When seconds count the police are just minutes away.  Law enforcement may be “first responders,” but the intended victim is always the “immediate responder.”  Unlike states like California where politicians are always working on behalf of criminals to keep citizens disarmed, here in Arizona you have the right to carry the means to defend yourself and your loved ones.  If you own a firearm we encourage you to become competent in its use, constantly train, stay alert, and be prepared.  Maintain situational awareness, carry whenever possible and stay away from make believe “gun free” zones.

Keep in mind that in this state where almost every adult has a choice to carry the means to defend themselves, the decision to remain defenseless is a willingness to accept whatever may occur.  It is not your duty to protect them.  Keep your focus on your safety and those close to you.

We must also remain ever vigilant to protect our right to keep and bear arms from political attack so we don’t wind up like California.  At the polling booth, support candidates who support your rights.  Our “freedom to carry” in Arizona is not unlimited and is constantly under attack.  Arizona’s Republican led Legislature has created laws restricting firearms ownership and where they can be carried.  Government buildings and college campuses are bogus “gun free” zones.  Businesses can require their customers to disarm. 

Help AzCDL restore our freedoms.  Renew your membership.  Subscribe to our alerts.  Use our Legislative Action Center to contact your legislators.

November 13, 2015

AzCDL Newsletter available online

The AzCDL Newsletter for November 2015 is available for viewing and downloading at our website.

In this issue, you’ll find information on:

  • How Bloomberg influenced the Legislature in 2015 and how we can stop him in 2016.
     
  • The ineffectiveness of NICS background checks.
     
  • Why saying “some people” should not own guns will lead to all gun owners being disarmed.
     
  • And more…….
     

Download your copy today!

October 31, 2015

The end of “instant” background checks proposed.

On Wednesday, October 28, Senate Democrats promised to file legislation that would eliminate the concept of “instant” in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  Currently if the FBI does not complete a NICS check within 72 hours (the federal definition of “instant”) the retailer may proceed with the sale. Under the proposed legislation a retailer cannot transfer a firearm without FBI approval no matter how long it takes.  Imagine what a President with “a pen and a phone” and carte blanche over NICS processing times could do with this new authority?

Could this proposed legislation pass given the make-up of the federal House and Senate?  With the “whatever Obama wants, Obama gets” attitude of the spineless Republican leadership in both chambers, we’re not sure it would be stopped.

It’s time to rattle some cages.  In 2013, AzCDL joined the National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban, composed primarily of independent, non-affiliated, state pro-rights firearms organizations.  It is not controlled by any national organization.  The Coalition represents what politicians should fear the most – An organized grassroots movement to defend the Second Amendment.

To remind federal politicians who they work for, the Coalition has set up an online petition, to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, demanding that they “use all means, procedural or substantive, to defeat any legislation introduced or amended to curtail, restrict or qualify private ownership of firearms, and to oppose any executive order issued to that end.”

We encourage you to join us and add your name to the Coalition petition.

September 16, 2015

Arizona rated best state for Concealed Carry - Again!

Once again, Guns and Ammo magazine rated Arizona as the #1 state for gun owners, this time for Concealed Carry laws.

States were rated on their concealed carry laws using the following criteria:

  • Method of Permit Issuance.  With Constitutional Carry, Arizona received the maximum score.
     
  • Reciprocity.  Arizona recognizes permits issued by all other states and most states recognize Arizona’s permits.
     
  • Training Time.  With Constitutional Carry, Arizona received the maximum score.
     
  • Application Fee. With Constitutional Carry, Arizona received the maximum score.
     
  • Stand Your Ground / Castle Doctrine.  Again, Arizona received the maximum score.
     
  • Best States for Gun Owners” rating.  Since Arizona was top rated by Guns and Ammo magazine 3 years in a row, we received the maximum score.
     
  • Duty to Inform.  Arizona has no requirement to immediately inform law enforcement that a person is carrying.
     
  • Preemption.  Even though we feel there is room for improvement, Arizona received a top score when compared to other states.
     
  • Nonresident Permit Issuance.  Another maximum score for Arizona.

All you need to do is look at AzCDLメs accomplishments to see why we are consistently rated #1 for gun owners.

We are proud that AzCDL’s efforts, with your support, have again garnered this high rating for Arizona from such a prestigious publication.  However, from our perspective, there is a lot more that needs to be done to make Arizona truly a free state when it comes to honoring your constitutionally protected right to bear arms.  With your continued support we can achieve that goal.

July 23, 2015

Arizona rated best state for gun owners - again!

For the THIRD consecutive year Guns and Ammo magazine has rated Arizona as the #1 state for gun owners.

States were measured by the following criteria:

  • Right To Carry.
  • Treatment of military style rifles (ARs, AKs, etc.).
  • Treatment of Class 3/NFA firearms.
  • Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground.
  • Miscellaneous issues such as constitutional protections, restrictions on gun or ammo purchases, magazine capacity, CCW reciprocity, etc.

Arizona’s three year #1 rating is because of what AzCDL has accomplishedPrior to AzCDL’s involvement, the national pro-rights firearms organizations were content with the status quo in Arizona. 

Arizona’s CCW system was onerous and discouraged applications.  Permits were only good for 4 years and required training, testing and additional fingerprinting to renew.  Court cases narrowed the interpretation of open carry to a point where the only way to safely openly carry your firearm and avoid arrest was by having a CCW permit.   In self-defense situations, the burden of proof was on YOU to prove your innocence – after you admitted to the “crime.”  Firearms preemption was Balkanized.  Cities like Tucson were able to ban firearms in their parks.  Castle doctrine and “no duty to retreat” laws were weak.

AzCDL was created by a handful of activists who were not content with the status quo.  AzCDL was established in  2005.  That same year we experienced our first legislative success.  By 2010 we made history with Constitutional Carry.  CCW permits are now optional and the process to obtain a permit is more realistic.  Arizona permits are recognized in the majority of states.  Arizona is also one of the few states that recognize all permits from all states – again thanks to AzCDL. 

Because of AzCDL’s efforts, you are now “innocent until proven guilty” when defending yourself.   Firearms preemption has been strengthened.  Sheriffs can’t drag their feet on NFA applications – Arizona has a “shall sign” statute.  We were even successful in getting the Arizona Constitution changed to protect law-abiding citizens from law suits when they defend themselves.  Visit our Accomplishments and Why AzCDL web pages to learn more about what AzCDL has accomplished.

We are proud that AzCDL’s efforts, with the support of our members, have again garnered this high rating for Arizona from such a prestigious publication.  However, from our perspective, there is a lot more that needs to be done to make Arizona truly a free state when it comes to honoring your constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.  With your continued support we can achieve that goal.

July 1, 2015

Obama joins Bloomberg in attacking your rights.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,
Barack Obama


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 19, 2015

Nevada recognizes Arizona CCW permits again.

Effective June 17, 2015 Nevada began recognizing CCW permits issued by Arizona.

This came about from two bills, SB 175 and AB 488, recently passed by the Nevada legislature and signed into law by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

SB 175 requires the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) to determine if states issuing CCW permits require training in addition to having an accessible database to determine CCW Permit validity.  Arizona meets both requirements.

AB 488 amended the law further to remove the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association from the permit recognition decision making process.  Sole authority now rests with the Nevada DPS. 

Per the new law, DPS will conduct their review annually, prior to July 1.

April 27, 2015

Bloomberg targets Arizona.

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 22, 2014

Gilbert allows discreet carry in city buildings.

From the Arizona Republic.  By a 6 to 1 vote, the town council of Gilbert recently passed an ordinance allowing CCW permit holders to discreetly carry their firearms in city owned buildings.  Those without permits may still be asked to place their firearms in a storage locker. 

We applaud Councilman Victor Petersen for proposing the new procedure, and thank Mayor John Lewis and the Gilbert Council members who voted for passage of the new ordinance.  It’s a great move in the right direction towards eliminating victim disarmament zones.

We encourage other Arizona municipalities to follow Gilbert’s lead.

September 27, 2014

Arizona rated best state for Concealed Carry!

Once again, Guns and Ammo magazine rated Arizona as the #1 state for gun owners, this time for Concealed Carry laws.

States were rated on their concealed carry laws using the following criteria:

  • Method of Issuance.  With Constitutional Carry, Arizona received the maximum score of 25 points
     
  • Reciprocity.  Based on the states that recognize Arizona’s permit and Arizona’s universal recognition of other states’ permits, we received an 18 out of a possible 20 points.
     
  • Training Time.  With Constitutional Carry, Arizona received 10 out of a possible 10 points.
     
  • Application Fee. With Constitutional Carry, Arizona received 5 out of a possible 5 points.
     
  • Stand Your Ground / Castle Doctrine.  10 out of a possible 10 points.
     
  • Best States for Gun Owners” rating.  Since Arizona was top rated by Guns and Ammo magazine 2 years in a row, we received the maximum 10 points.
     
  • Duty to Inform.  Arizona has no requirement to immediately inform law enforcement that a person is carrying, giving us 5 out of a possible 5 points.
     
  • Preemption.  Even though we feel there is room for improvement, Arizona received a top score of 5 when compared to other states.
     
  • Nonresident Permit Issuance.  5 out of a possible 5.
  • A “perfect” score in this rating was 95 points.  Because Arizona has Constitutional Carry we received the maximum score in all relevant categories.  Our total score of 93 reflects the inequity of recognition and reciprocity laws of other states. 

All you need to do is look at AzCDL’s accomplishments to see why we are consistently rated #1 for gun owners.

We are proud that AzCDL’s efforts, with your support, have again garnered this high rating for Arizona from such a prestigious publication.  However, from our perspective, there is a lot more that needs to be done to make Arizona truly a free state when it comes to honoring your constitutionally protected right to bear arms.  With your continued support we can achieve that goal.

May 25, 2014

Arizona rated best state for gun owners - again!

For the second year in a row, Guns and Ammo magazine rated Arizona as the #1 state for gun owners.

States were measured on “gun rights/friendliness to gun owners” by the following criteria:

  • CCW/Open Carry laws.
  • Treatment of military style rifles (ARs, AKs, etc.).
  • Treatment of Class 3/NFA firearms.
  • Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground.
  • Miscellaneous issues like constitutional protections, restrictions on gun or ammo purchases, magazine capacity, CCW reciprocity, etc.
     

All you need to do is look at AzCDLメs accomplishments to see why we are rated #1.

We are proud that AzCDL’s efforts, with your support, have again garnered this high rating for Arizona from such a prestigious publication.  However, from our perspective there is a lot more that needs to be done to make Arizona truly a free state when it comes to honoring your constitutionally protected right to bear arms.

With your continued support we can achieve that goal.

May 23, 2014

Pennsylvania Reciprocity.

While AzCDL primarily focuses on restoring and protecting the right to keep and bear arms in Arizona, there are times to pitch in and help with problems elsewhere, particularly when they can impact us here at home.

Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, has taken it upon herself to ignore the statutory limits on her power and has begun a campaign of modifying, and in some cases canceling, longstanding firearms reciprocity agreements with other states. 

Idaho and Utah permits are no longer recognized in Pennsylvania.  Agreements with Arizona, Florida and Virginia have been modified.  In Arizona’s case this has nothing to do with Arizona law but does impact Pennsylvania residents with Arizona CCW permits. 

This is nothing more than rights restrictions by stealth.  Per Pennsylvania Gun Rights, Ms. Kane received large contributions from a Super PAC funded by former New York Mayor Bloomberg and ran on a “gun control” platform

We can’t let Bloomberg win!  We urge everyone reading this to go to AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center and send an email to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett urging him to work with his state’s legislature to rein in his rogue Attorney General.  You can send the letter we have prepared as is, or you can personalize it with your own comments.

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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