Get Ready For The 2017 Legislative Session!

Arizona Citizens Defense League

Unleash RTS

The 2017 legislative session will begin on Monday, January 11. We need to be ready to act.

For upcoming committee hearings, the best way to communicate your position on legislation is via the Request to Speak (RTS) system. RTS comments are transmitted to each committee member and become part of the committee meeting record. They carry more weight than an email.

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.

Once your RTS account has been created, you can log in remotely like you would any other online system. It only takes a few mouse clicks to relay your position on any bill to committee members.

Unfortunately, RTS accounts can only be created using dedicated computer terminals at the Capitol in Phoenix or the state offices in Tucson. If you are an AzCDL member and your membership is current, our volunteers can set up an RTS account for you at one of the Capitol terminals. Simply reply to this email and give us your first and last name along with the email address you want to use for your RTS account. We will create your account and provide you with your online log-in information.

Not an AzCDL member or your membership has expired? You can join AzCDL or renew your membership online.

Those who want to disarm you also understand the importance of RTS. They are urging their followers to use RTS to tell legislators to defeat the same bills we will be asking you to support. Their goal is to have every peaceful Arizona gun owner tagged, tracked and targeted for registration and confiscation. You can defeat them by using RTS to tell committee members to support good legislation and to prevent bad bills from progressing.

Detailed instructions using RTS to register your opinions on bills are available at AzCDL’s RTS page. As important bills are scheduled for committee hearings we will notify you via these alerts. It only takes a few mouse clicks to make a big difference.


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2016 Legislative Scorecard

Arizona Citizens Defense League Political Action Committee

2016 Candidate Voting Records And PAC Ratings

Click Here To Find Your Legislative District (external link will open new window)

(A plus “+” denotes current, active AZCDL membership):

How AZCDL PAC assesses statewide and legislative candidates for ratings and endorsements:

  1. Sponsorship of AZCDL requested legislation.
  2. Co-sponsorship of AZCDL requested legislation.
  3. Advocacy of AZCDL requested legislation.
  4. Cooperation of sponsor in getting AZCDL requested legislation assigned, placed on agenda and passed in committee and on floor.
  5. Voting record: committee votes, floor votes, unexplained/unexcused absences during committee hearings, COW or third/final read votes.
  6. Sponsorship/co-sponsorship of pro-freedom bills supported by AZCDL.
  7. Advocacy of pro-freedom bills supported by AZCDL.
  8. Sponsorship of anti-freedom legislation.
  9. Advocacy of anti-freedom legislation.
  10. Active AZCDL membership.

All of these factors are taken into consideration when compiling legislative voting records and election ratings and endorsements.

General election endorsements will be compiled and published immediately following the final results of the Primary Election.

Ratings and/or endorsements subject to change without notice.



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Terrorism, the Tueller Drill and the Definition of Insanity

Terrorism, the Tueller Drill and the Definition of Insanity.

Recently, our good friend Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition penned an opinion piece on the Nice “assault truck” terror attack. His piece drew several satirical parallels to the tendency of the anti-rights zealots to immediately politicize every horrendous attack with calls to advance their citizen disarmament agenda, no matter how tenuous the connection to the reality of the event. We sent his article to our Alerts list of about 15 thousand subscribers, to largely positive feedback. However, there were a few negative responses. “How could you be so insensitive?” some asked. “In times like these, we should remain silent, and respect the grief of the victims’ families,” others added. Still others mentioned that we should not attempt to politicize a tragedy, no matter what our opponents do. After all, we’re the good guys, right?

Is it to these folks that I address this missive. Allow me to digress for a moment …

As a NRA certified firearms instructor of some years, one of the things we try to convey to our students is “situational awareness”. If you’ve ever taken firearms training, odds are fair you may have come across something known as the Tueller Drill. In a nutshell, anyone interested in being able to defend themselves must learn how to determine how close is “too close”. During the development of the “Tueller drill”, it was determined that a bad guy armed with a knife or other contact weapon could cover a distance of 7 yards (21 feet) from a standing start in about 1.5 seconds, or about the same time that a trained individual could draw his holstered firearm and put two rounds on target. In short, a bad guy with a knife standing 21 feet or less away is “too close”.

What does that have to do with Nice and the politics of tragedy, you may ask? A fair question. The answer is that, much like in the “Tueller drill” scenario above, our opponents are already “too close”. The time to be “sensitive”, to be “silent and respectful”, to not “politicize tragedy”, has passed. The opposition will give us no such consideration. The fight is on, ladies and gentlemen. The battle has well and truly begun. In case you hadn’t noticed, these people have already made proposals ranging from removing your right to bear arms because youメre on a secret government list to front page editorials in the NY Times calling for banning entire classes of guns altogether. Much like the bad guy with the knife in hand, these people mean to do you harm. If you think they’re not serious, they you are NOT paying attention. Lack of situational awareness can and will get you in deep trouble.

Now that the bad guy is “too close”, you have to make a decision, and you have to make it quickly. You can fight, or you can let him win. Those are your only options. If he was going to negotiate with you, he wouldn’t be holding a knife. Same thing with the anti-rights zealots. If they wanted to “compromise”, they wouldn’t be talking about “gun bans” and “Australian style” gun control. People who want to talk do not hold a knife to your throat in order to get you to to do so. That isn’t “negotiation”, it’s “extortion”.

So the real question is, why do those of us on the pro-rights side keep responding to these terror attacks with the same old “quiet, respectful silence”, the same old “we won’t politicize this tragedy”, the same old “we won’t point out the idiocy of the other sides arguments, because we’re the good guys” answers. It’s been said that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result each time. I submit that we need to start doing things differently if we want to see different results.

No more silence. When another one of these attacks happens, and it will, because the bad guys aren’t going away, we need to make the point loudly, clearly, and immediately, that gun control kills people. We need to boldly state, right away, that make believe “gun free zones” are just hunting grounds for terrorists and other criminals. And maybe most importantly, we need to show the opposition’s proposals for what they really are. At best, stupid, useless, feel-good but do-nothing idiocy. At worst, anti-constitutional, freedom stealing, rights restricting garbage that should get them impeached and removed from office.

Remember folks, the bad guys is in front of you, knife in hand. You must decide. Stand and fight, or hesitate and lose everything. There is no third option.

Dave Kopp, President, Arizona Citizens Defense League, Inc.


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Stand With AZCDL To Defeat Gun Confiscation In Arizona!

“Common sense” dictates that “progressive” means a gradual encroachment on our rights until their ultimate goal is realized. So-called “universal” background checks (giving your grandson your old .22, handing off your gun to your fellow hunter as you climb over a fence) are unenforceable without registration, and registration will one day lead to confiscation, especially if Hillary has her way.

Do not give them another inch of rope with which to hang us all.

Please donate to our campaign to defeat the Bloomberg 2016 firearm registration initiative, with your help and support, we can defeat them.

your donation, no matter how small, will help us fight this nefarious scheme, please donate today!




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Last Call Annual Meeting Tickets!

Annual Meeting Last Call.

This coming Saturday, September 26, is the last day to purchase your tickets for AzCDL’s Tenth Annual Meeting of Members to be held in Tucson on October 10.

Annual Meeting Tickets will not be sold at the door or available for purchase after September 26, 2015.

We invite you to bring family and friends. If you are an AzCDL member and plan on attending AzCDL’s 2015 Annual meeting, tickets are available at our online store. Not an AzCDL member? Click here to join AzCDL.

Our keynote speaker this year is David Codrea who has been writing professionally on the right to keep and bear arms for over 15 years. He was named Journalist of the Year by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work exposing the Fast and Furious ATF gunwalking scandal. Also speaking is “Attorney For Freedom” Marc Victor, an accomplished Phoenix criminal defense attorney with an expertise in firearms related issues. You can read more about our speakers at our annual meeting web page.

AzCDL is conducting a silent auction in conjunction with our Annual Meeting. 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 before September 26.

In addition to our many door prizes, we will also be drawing the FOUR winning raffle tickets for FOUR Ruger LC9S pistols. Raffle tickets are also available at our online store – right below the annual meeting tickets.




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