2016 Legislative Scorecard

Arizona Citizens Defense League Political Action Committee

2016 Candidate Voting Records And PAC Ratings

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(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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Is GOP Legislature Caving To Everytown?

Contact the House Leadership NOW!

Using the cover of the urgency of passing a budget bill, the House Leadership has sidelined key firearms legislation. While this sounds like a reasonable excuse on the surface, other bills that passed their House committees on the same day have already passed the House and been heard in their assigned Senate committees. With the March 20 final deadline to get these bills through the House and heard in Senate committees only two weeks away, it appears that they are caving in to special interest groups and trying to run out the clock while giving the illusion of supporting your rights.

The bills being sandbagged are HB 2320 and HB 2431. Both are AzCDL-requested bills.

HB 2320 (Rep. Brenda Barton, LD-6), would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property if their “security” is limited to the flimsy “no firearms” sign bureaucrats like to hide behind, but criminals ignore. Under the proposed law, everyone entering must be screened if agencies or political subdivisions choose to ban weapons on government property. HB 2320 is virtually identical to last year’s legislation, which sailed through the Legislature before being vetoed by outgoing Governor Brewer. It only needs a formal House Third Read floor vote to proceed to the Senate.

Also being sidelined is HB 2431 (Rep. Bob Thorpe, LD 6), which would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements greater than existing federal law. In essence, this would create a ceiling that state law could not exceed. This is a critical piece of legislation in our effort to derail Bloomberg’s upcoming gun owner registration scheme in Arizona. Being stopped this session would be viewed as a huge win for Bloomberg. Is that what the supposedly pro-rights Leadership really wants? HB 2431 needs both a House Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing and Third Read vote to proceed, and time is rapidly running out.

Newsflash! As this was being drafted, HB 2431 has finally been scheduled for a House COW hearing on Monday, March 9.

It was largely due to the thousands of emails from AzCDL members and supporters that enabled these bills to progress as far as they have. Now, it’s time to urge the House Leadership to schedule HB 2320 for a Third Read vote and to schedule HB 2431 for Third Read following the COW hearing. Time is of the essence. They need to understand that there is significant grassroots support for these bills. Click here to send the emails we have prepared for you to send to the House Leadership. You may send them as is, or customize them with your comments. Now is the time to voice your opinion. It only takes a few mouse clicks to make a difference.

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


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