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November 15, 2014

AzCDL Newsletter available online.

The AzCDL Newsletter for November 2014 is available for viewing and downloading.

Highlighted is this issue is the attack on our fundamental liberties via gun owner registration disguised as “universal background checks”.   Arizona is the ultimate target.

This is a must read issue.  The firearm freedoms you enjoy are at risk.

October 14, 2014

Winning raffle tickets drawn.

At the Annual Meeting of members on October 11, the three winning tickets for AzCDL’s latest raffles were drawn.

Each winner receives a Ruger 22/45 .22 caliber pistol with a threaded barrel and a Tactical Solutions Cascade sound suppressor.

And the winners are…..

Ticket #04 belonging to AzCDL member Richard in Tucson, Arizona.

Ticket #643 belonging to AzCDL member Julie in Lake Havasu, Arizona.

Ticket #848 belonging to AzCDL member Michael in Hereford, Arizona.

We congratulate the winners and thank everyone who purchased a raffle ticket!  Your donations help us in our fight to restore and protect your right to keep and bear arms in Arizona.

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.

July 14, 2014

11,000 AzCDL Members!

Congratulations to all our dedicated and hard working volunteers! 

At the Tucson gun show on Sunday, July 13th, an AzCDL volunteer recruited our 11,000th member.

If you would like to be part of our winning team of volunteers, and help AzCDL become an even greater force for restoring and protecting the right to keep and bear arms in Arizona, please visit our Volunteer Page.

The more members we have committed to making a difference, the greater AzCDL’s impact at the Legislature.  By working together and making our voices heard, not only can we show the bad guys that they don’t stand a chance in Arizona, we can push through legislation that further restores and protects our rights.

June 20, 2013

Volunteering for AzCDL.

As it says in our brochures, AzCDL is an “all volunteer” grassroots organization.  Unlike the anti-rights organizations, AzCDL actually has a membership and it is growing steadily.   Nine years ago, in June 2005, we started with a handful of members.  By June of 2014, almost eleven thousand activists have joined AzCDL.  We anticipate thirteen thousand by the time the next legislative session starts.  The more members we have, the more credibility we have at the legislature.  The greater our credibility is, the greater our success. 

AzCDL’s phenomenal growth is not by accident.  Almost everyone reading this joined AzCDL because they encountered an AzCDL volunteer at a gun show.  As a result, you have seen your membership “investment” returned several fold in terms of restored rights.

The larger we grow, the more visible we become.  AzCDL volunteers are working gun shows and other events from Page to Yuma and Bullhead City to Willcox.  However, we don’t have nearly enough volunteers to effectively staff every venue.  To do that, we need your help.  As we have stated in our Legislative Alerts, if you want your rights restored, you can’t assume the “other guy” will do it for you.  Want to get more good laws passed?  Then help AzCDL grow by volunteering a few hours of your time at a gun show in your area.

Check out our Volunteer page for information about volunteering.

Scroll down the page and you’ll see upcoming events where volunteers are needed and the person to contact.

When AzCDL members volunteer, they get into the event for free.  It’s almost like being paid to volunteer!

See you at the next gun show!

June 5, 2013

Voting Records.

Wonder how your Arizona State Representatives and Senator have honored their oath of office since they were elected in 2012?

AzCDL has posted the voting records of all legislators on key pro-rights firearms bills for the 2013 and 2014 Legislative sessions on our website’s Voting Records page.

We encourage you to look them over.  You can find your State Representatives and Senator here.

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.

April 24, 2014

Sine Die! The Legislature has adjourned.

The Arizona Legislature officially ended their 2014 legislative session at 1:46 AM on April 24, 2014. 

To view a summary of legislation that AzCDL monitored this session, along with each bill’s final status, visit our Bill Tracking page.

SB 1366, which clarifies the definition of a firearm, still awaits a decision by the Governor.

Adjournment of the Legislature resets the “clock” for bills still under consideration by the Governor.  She now has 10 days, minus Sundays, to make a decision on bills.  For SB 1366 that equates to May 6.

The effective date for legislation signed by the Governor is July 24, ninety days after Sine Die.   The following are firearms related bills the Governor has signed this session:

HB 2103, the AzCDL-requested bill that lowers the age for CCW eligibility to 19 for those with military service.

HB 2336, that clarifies that law enforcement personnel cannot be armed and consume alcohol at licensed liquor establishments except in the performance of their duties.

HB 2443, which allows active duty military personnel stationed in Arizona to obtain hunting permits.

HB 2483, which strengthens the protection of the lawful use of firearms, air guns and archery equipment on private property.

HB 2535, which requires local law enforcement to sign required NFA transfers within 60 days after receiving a request for certification.

SB 1118, which permits criminal trespass charges for hunters refusing the leave private land after being requested to so by law enforcement acting at the request of the property owner.

SB 1266, which allows judicial officers to carry non-prohibited weapons at work with the permission of the facility’s presiding judge.

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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