To get connected and involved in firearms issues in Arizona, a good place
to start is the Arizona Right to Keep and Bear Arms List Server, AZRKBA@ASU.EDU.
This open-ended list has discussions and news of upcoming events. It is
unmoderated, so anything goes.
To subscribe to the List, send this email message:
"subscribe azrkba yourfirstname yourlastname"
(without the quote marks)
(note "listserv" does not terminate with an "e").
You will receive a "Please confirm" email from the automated
listserver. The confirmation helps prevent people from signing up strangers
against their wishes.
After returning the confirmation note you will receive a second automated
note from the listserver with some information related to your subscription
such as how to "unsubscribe" (it's as easy as subscribing) and
how to limit your mail to one daily note (called "digest" form).
Highly recommend you use the digest format -- each day's notes come as
a single bundle, instead of numerous individual messages that can clutter
your mailbox. Some other options will be described as well. You should
print and otherwise save this note for future reference.
Join the statewide dialog, get info you'll see nowhere else, learn, contribute
when you have something to say, make new friends, and get active in defense
of your precious rights. Easy.
STEP TWO -- LINK UP WITH THE ARIZONA CITIZENS DEFENSE LEAGUE
Modeled after the highly successful Virginia Citizens Defense League,
this relatively new group is directed by long-time gun-rights activists.
It is at the forefront of the gun-rights struggle. Their reports on good
and bad current gun legislation are timely, credible, and coupled with
support for people who want to get active. At least, try out their excellent
email notices (sign up here -- http://www.azcdl.org). Rather than describe
them further, here's illuminating correspondance from the DPS officer
in charge of the Concealed Weapon Permit Unit in 2006, Det. Russ Hamilton,
a man I personally know to be professional, hard working and cooperative:
From: RHamilton@azdps.gov [mailto:RHamilton@azdps.gov]
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 11:20 AM
Subject: CWPU Update
"The Arizona Citizens Defense League has been involved with
many of the new bills and proposed legislation. While some of their views
may differ from those of the AZ DPS (in some cases radically), I know
these individuals to be honest and sincere people who are all very involved
with firearms and gun rights. Regardless of how you may feel about what
their views are, they do provide an excellent service by sending you email
updates on the progress of CCW and firearms legislation. If you like,
check out their website here: http://www.azcdl.org. As they also receive
emails from the CWPU [Concealed Weapon Permit Unit], I appreciate that they have not yet showed up at
my office with a lynch mob, although I suspect one has been formed (I
heard recently there was a run on torches and rope at Walmart). Just kidding
And AZCDL Secretary Charles Heller replied:
I understand Wal-Mart was back ordered on both the torches and rope ,
but Harbor Freight is having a special on tar, and Michael's is having
one on feathers. I will be away on business, so I'll leave it to the Pink Pistols to come after you.
Host, America Armed & Free
STEP THREE -- JOIN THE ARIZONA STATE RIFLE AND PISTOL ASSOCIATION
Older than Arizona itself (founded in 1909, three years before Arizona became a state), this is the official state affiliate for the NRA. They sponsor more shooting events than you can possibly attend, issue an excellent newsletter, have great programs for kids, women, first-time shooters, every marksmanship discipline and it's a great way to get involved in the shooting sports and defense of your rights. Their annual banquet is the place to be. Learn more on their site, http://www.asrpa.com.
STEP FOUR -- LEARN HOW TO MOVE THE MEDIA
Especially in small towns, editors are hungry for good letters because
it boosts their quality and draw without tapping their usually tiny budgets.
They run letters 'cause it helps them -- not 'cause they're Mr. Nice Guy.
You want to strike a blow for freedom without leaving your chair? Send
a letter about almost anything to your local paper's letters-to-the-editor
page. Compliment them on something they did (they hunger for this and
rarely get any) before going into your subject, it will improve your
odds. Keep it short. One- and two-liners are great when you hit on good
ones. For major papers, keep letters under 150 words to increase your
Now, here's the important part. If you don't keep that eddress (or fax,
or phone, or street mail) handy, and use it once in a while, it's like
giving a vote to the anti-rights mob. Copy it out of TODAY'S PAPER, and
stick it on your wall. Next time you're pissed off enough TELL THEM WHAT
YOU THINK. They don't always run it but they have to read it first, so
you always have some effect. They do get to know the "regulars"
they hear from. Do it often enough (and work at getting better each time)
and eventually you get ink. Feels gooood.