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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.

September 19, 2014

AzCDL Annual Meeting ticket window closing soon.

Monday, September 29 is the deadline for making your AzCDL Annual Meeting reservations.

Don’t delay.  We are expecting a capacity crowd and available seating is limited.
 
This year’s meeting will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.  Details can be found at our website.

Our keynote speaker is the Reverend Kenn Blanchard, author of “Black Man with a Gun.”
Also speaking will be State Representative John Kavanagh and author Alan Korwin.  
Entertainment will be provided by the always popular Cartridge Family Band.

It gets even better!  All luncheon attendees will be eligible for our door prize drawings which include three (3) Ruger LCP pistols.  That means every attendee has 3 chances to win a pistol!
 
Hotel dining, entertainment, camaraderie, great guest speakers, and 3 chances to win a pistol!  All this for a mere $20.  Don’t delay - get your tickets today!

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

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

Entrée choices are:

  • Braised beef short ribs
  • Roasted herb chicken with a pesto cream drizzle
  • Vegetarian spinach and ricotta raviolis in a smoked red pepper cream sauce

Reservations must be received by September 29, 2014.

September 2, 2014

Annual Meeting Silent Auction – Donations Wanted!

For several years, we have conducted a silent auction in conjunction with our annual meeting of members.  We are doing it again this year at the Phoenix meeting on Saturday, October 11th.  Proceeds go to AzCDL and help offset the cost of the annual meeting.

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

Donations are deeply appreciated but are not tax deductible.

Don’t forget to make your reservation for this year’s annual meeting before the ticket window closes on September 29.

August 27, 2014

AzCDL Annual Meeting Reservations - Don’t Delay!

September 29 is the deadline for making your AzCDL Annual Meeting reservations.

This year’s meeting will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.

Our keynote speaker is the Reverend Kenn Blanchard, author of “Black Man with a Gun.”
Also speaking will be State Representative John Kavanagh and author Alan Korwin.  
Entertainment will be provided by the always popular Cartridge Family Band.

It gets even better!  All luncheon attendees will be eligible for our door prize drawings which this year include three (3) Ruger LCP pistols.  That means every attendee has 3 chances to win a pistol!

Hotel dining, entertainment, comradery, great guest speakers, and 3 chances to win a pistol!  All this for a mere $20.  Don’t delay - get your tickets today!

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

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

Entrée choices this year are

  • Braised beef short ribs
  • Roasted herb chicken with a pesto cream drizzle
  • Vegetarian spinach and ricotta raviolis in a smoked red pepper cream sauce
  • Reserved tables at the front of the room for you and your guests are available for $250 at our online store.  Each table seats 10.

    Vendor tables are also available.  Contact treasurer@azcdl.org for more information.
     
    Life members, please contact treasurer@azcdl.org for your tickets and meal selections.

    Reservations must be received by September 29, 2014.

    If you are not yet a member of AzCDL and wish to attend our annual meeting, we invite you to Join AzCDL.

August 7, 2014

AzCDL Newsletter available online.

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

Included in this issue:

  • How your legislator voted in the 2013 & 2014 sessions
  • Invitation to AzCDL’s Annual Meeting
  • Our latest raffle (Ruger pistols + suppressors)

Don’t forget to vote in the Primary election on August 26th!

August 6, 2014

Candidate Endorsements.

2014 is an election year. 

Several of you have asked for our opinion on this year’s candidates.  As a non-profit organization, AzCDL may not publically support or oppose any candidate.  Our focus is on legislation.

However, the independent AzCDL Political Action Committee (PAC) can express opinions on candidates.  We encourage you to visit their website where you can find information on legislative candidates, how they responded to the PAC questionnaire, how they rate, and much more.

The Primary is on August 26th.

Don’t sit out the primary and let others determine what your choices will be in the November general election.  It’s not uncommon for local elections to be determined by a handful of votes.  Not voting is often the equivalent of casting a vote for the person you do not want to represent you.

Help the good guys win - Donate to the PAC!

Campaign donations speak loudly to legislators seeking reelection and new candidates seeking to challenge sitting legislators.  We want to see principled, pro-rights leaders get elected.

AzCDL’s PAC is a force-multiplier for your individual donation.  No matter what the size of your donation, when combined with hundreds or thousands of others, it will make a big difference!

AzCDL has already made a tremendous impact on Arizona’s gun laws.  With a strong and vibrant PAC, we have the potential to significantly alter the political landscape for legislative sessions in coming years.

July 23, 2014

AzCDL Annual Meeting – October 11, 2014 – Phoenix!

AzCDL invites all members and their guests to attend our ninth Annual Meeting of Members on October 11, 2014 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.  Details can be found at our website.

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

The guest speaker this year is the Reverend Kenn Blanchard, author of Black Man with a Gun.

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

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

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

Reservations must be received by September 29, 2013.

If you are not yet a member of AzCDL and wish to attend our annual meeting, we invite you to Join AzCDL.

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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