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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The Attack Has Begun| ARIZONA ALERT

The Attack Has Begun

The first salvo in the attack on your right to keep and bear arms in Arizona is a pair of bills, HB 2118 and HCR 2009, filed by Representative Randall Friese. The language in both bills is identical, however HCR 2009 is a proposed ballot measure for the next general election.

HB 2118 and HCR 2009 would criminalize the private transfer of firearms by requiring all private transfers to be conducted through a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL). Failure to do so would be a Class 5 Felony.

Under the proposed law, if you wish to sell or transfer a firearm, you would first need to surrender your firearm to an FFL who would treat the firearm as if it was an item in their inventory, entering all the information on it, and YOU, into his records. A federal background (NICS) check would be required for the transferee (buyer) to receive your firearm. If that background check failed, you as the transferor (seller) would be required to undergo a NICS background check to get YOUR gun back. If there was a problem with your background check, the dealer would be required to confiscate your firearm and surrender it to a law enforcement agency.

It’s laughable to believe that criminals typically use gun dealers to buy and sell guns. The target for this law is YOU, the law-abiding gun owner. And, in order for this proposed law to be enforceable, the obvious next step would be the establishment of a statewide database of all Arizona gun owners and the firearms they (you!) own. Don’t be fooled. The unstated goal of bills like HB 2118 and HCR 2009 is to ultimately disarm you. Rep. Friese can be contacted at (602) 926-3138 or rfriese@azleg.gov if you would like to share your thoughts on these bills.

A list of these and other bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found at our Bill Tracking page. It is updated daily throughout the legislative session.

In other news, ex-Mayor Bloomberg is funding the Phoenix based Dart Center to begin a disinformation campaign in Arizona. The Dart Center is conducting a two day workshop for journalists on April 17 & 18 on how to “correctly” report on guns and “gun violence.” Back in our grandparents’ days, this tactic was known as Yellow Journalism.

Bloomberg and his puppets are running a well-crafted and heavily funded campaign to ultimately disarm you using the ruse of “Expanded Background Checks.” Barring cooperation from Arizona’s pro-rights leaning Legislature, the entry point will come via Arizona’s constitutionally established “citizen initiative” process, where anyone with enough money can get any measure on the ballot subject to popular vote.

In the state of Washington last year, Bloomberg was successful in accomplishing Gun Owner Registration via ballot measure I-594. In Nevada, enough petition signatures have been obtained for a ballot measure in that state. We will soon be facing the same threat here in Arizona. Spread the word. Tell your friends. Join AzCDL. Renew your membership. Together we can win this!


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