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Gun Limits Lifted in Arizona

For Immediate Release

July 29, 2010


Arizona Sets New National Standard
Arizona Sets New National Standard

by Alan Korwin

Arizona, which has single-handedly rocked the national dialog on the immigration debate, has done it again -- this time for guns.

On the same day that portions of Arizona's controversial immigration bill SB1070 took effect, July 29, 2010, the Grand Canyon state implemented its new Constitutional Carry law.

Under this groundbreaking new act (SB1108), any law-abiding adult in the state -- not just residents -- can carry a firearm discreetly without a government permit or red tape.

A statewide billboard and advertising campaign launches this summer, promoting marksmanship, firearm training and responsible legal gun use for every person in Arizona.

Arizona is rekindling the idea of a nation of marksmen.

Arizonans have been free to carry firearms in a visible holster, without government approval, since statehood in 1912. “Discreet carry” advances personal freedom, though critics fear the increase in rights will lead to an increase in crime.

That deep-seated fear has accompanied every advance in the right to keep and bear arms -- from CCW-permit carry that swept the nation, to repeal of many so-called gun-free zones, such as the National Parks -- and has proven false every time.

“Laws that ban decent citizens from keeping or bearing arms are unconstitutional and an affront to basic human and civil rights,” said State Senator Russell Pearce, a chief proponent of both the new discreet-carry law and SB1070. “Now that we have Freedom To Carry in Arizona, we expect crime to drop, just like it did when we passed the permission-slip carry law 16 years ago. Armed citizens put criminals at a disadvantage. Guns save lives.”

Frightened cries of impending doom are muted this time around, say proponents of the new law, since previous claims of wild-west violence turned out to be myths. “We basically haven't heard much 'blood-in-the-streets' fear mongering,” says Alan Korwin, the publisher at gun-law-book specialist Bloomfield Press and an architect of the new statewide gun-training program, “because all the previous claims were nothing more than paranoia. The history shows that.” is a non-partisan joint effort by the firearms community to promote voluntary firearms training, replacing the government mandate that came with the state's 1994 CCW-permit law. Trainers, shooting ranges and industry are encouraged to contact the organizers to participate and attract new business. [email protected]

Responsible parents take their kids to the range.
Gun safety is everyone's business.

Marksmanship and the shooting sports are not some sort of black art,
they are wholesome, decent, honorable, fun and very American pursuits.
Americans used to take that for granted. Arizona is bringing it back.

Have you been misled or confused about guns by the news media?
The shooting sports are the Number 2 participant sport in the country,
while golf is only 3rd. So why have you heard everything there is to know
about golf, but have never even seen the phrase "Shooting Sports" in
broadcast or printed "news"? That is a measure of the level of bias in the
"news," a  condemnation of fraud perpetrated on the public by propagandists
disguised as reporters and editors. Those people have turned mainstream
reporting into one of the worst enemies American freedom faces.

Along with billboards and print advertising, a 3-foot-by-2-foot full-color printed map is being prepared. The Arizona Where-To-Shoot Map will identify every publicly available indoor and outdoor shooting range in the state, and features detailed lists of facilities and ads from commercial enterprises statewide. To participate in the map project, or to reserve a copy for yourself, contact cartographer Wide World of Maps at 602-279-2323.

Passage of Constitutional Carry relied heavily on a relative newcomer, the membership-based Arizona Citizens Defense League, a lobbying and activist group dedicated to preserving and advancing the right to keep and bear arms.

According to board member and spokesman Charles Heller, “Constitutional Carry was one of our goals when we organized five years ago, and it shows what can be done when hundreds of volunteers place their focus on popular concerns. The CCW permit was always viewed -- by those of us with an understanding of Arizona's Constitution -- as an intermediate step to get our rights restored.

“Between our two registered lobbyists, our ability to apply pressure for the expansion of our rights, and with 25% of the state's legislators active members in our organization, we expect additional accomplishments in years to come.” AzCDL has become a power player worth watching. Anyone interested in advancing the work of this organization should join --

Heller, in his 12th year as the host of Tucson's Liberty Watch Radio on KVOI,, can be reached at [email protected].

One of the finest firearms training facilities on the planet, Arizona-based Gunsite,, is a supporter of the TrainMeAZ program. Gunsite, a 2,000-acre facility outside Prescott, Arizona, was founded by Col. Jeff Cooper, and trains elite military from around the world, law-enforcement officials and civilians. Cooper was perhaps the nation's foremost authority on defensive weaponcraft, and often called the father of the modern technique of handgunning. His book, "Principles of Personal Defense," is among the finest ever written on proper defensive mental conditioning, see it here: News about all their classes and programs at Gunsite can be found on their website. A day spent at Gunsite is an education and experience that lasts a lifetime.

Conversations have been opened with other world-class and local firearms companies, all of whom have expressed serious interest in the idea of a statewide campaign to promote responsible firearms ownership, gun safety and a culture of marksmanship like America used to be blessed with. The list of participants is growing and you are invited to join them -- whether you're in the firearm-friendly Grand Canyon State or simply wish you were. [email protected]

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[Backgrounder: Scottsdale-based Bloomfield Press, founded in 1988, is the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Our website,, features a free national directory to gun laws and relevant contacts in all states and federally, along with our unique line of related books and DVDs. The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide  for news-media review is available on request, call 602-996-4020. Our authors are available for interview, call to schedule. Call for cogent positions on gun issues, informed analysis on proposed laws, talk radio that lights up the switchboard, fact sheets and position papers.  As we always say, “It doesn't make sense to own a gun and not know the rules.”


Dateline PHOENIX -- An overcrowded Senate Meeting Room at the Arizona State Capitol on July 28 heard Sen. Russell Pearce discuss the values of the state's new Constitutional Carry law, and the TrainMeAz campaign designed to teach proper gun ownership, possession and use to the entire state.

Pearce called Arizona the number one state for protection and exercise of Second Amendment rights, referring to the new Constitutional Carry law that eliminates government interference with the right to keep and bear arms, and by implication our new Defensive Display protection, Castle Doctrine inside and outside the home, strict statewide preemption, the Firearm Freedom Act, strong Burden of Proof that favors the innocent, ban on civil suits by criminals, even the nation's first knife preemption law that protects edged weapons and pocket knives.

As soon as Pearce concluded his comments on SB1108 concerning guns, and left to attend to other business, reporters literally stampeded out of the room in an act of pack-media groupthink, to corner the Senator on his immigration law, which had just endured a court test.

The remaining speakers at the podium, assembled for the most significant state-level Bill-of-Rights development in recent history, stood in shocked disbelief as a giant sucking sound emptied the room. Reporters and camera crews had no intention of covering Pearce's conference -- they were there for one agenda and one agenda only -- the fabricated racism they have injected onto a law designed to stem an alien invasion of the state. It was a stunning experience, and pulled the rug out from under the pro-rights supporters in Senate meeting room #3. We continued to a tiny smattering of people who didn't abandon the conference, mostly TrainMeAZ supporters and a lone video camerman.

"Now that any decent adult in the state can bear arms discreetly, training should become as routine here as corn flakes," said Alan Korwin, an architect of the unique program. "We want to bring back the joy and righteous pursuit of marksmanship that used to be a hallmark of The America Way," he said. "We need to replace ignorance with education, change fear into empowerment, and bring honor and respect to grand traditions that have made this the most exceptional society the world has ever known."

Unfortunately, anti-rights bigotry and people who detest those American values have done grievous harm to our traditions and core values.

The shooting sports are the Number 2 participant sport in the nation.* So why have you heard everything there is to know about golf, which is only number three, and you've never even seen or heard the phrase Shooting Sports in broadcasts or in print in the "news"? That is a searing and self-evident testament to the utter bias and distortion perpetrated on the public by a prejudiced "news" media that runs an anti-rights (and anti-right?) agenda instead of reporting.

Reporters and editors who perpetrate this fraud on the nation (like the ones who ran out of the room and the editors who assigned them) are propagandists in every sense, and have become one of the worst enemies that freedom and America itself faces. They willingly and even gleefully promote every criminal misuse of a firearm they can find. Then they deliberately suppress news of lives saved, criminals dispatched, innocents protected by privately owned firearms and laws that defend the constitutional right to arms. The amount of golf silliness they feed you, compared to their complete blackout on shooting sports and the good that guns do, reveals their detestable bias against our noble tradition of arms and The American Way.

According to leading experts, many of the people who discriminate against this portion of the Bill of Rights suffer from a medical condition called hoplophobia, a debilitating morbid fear of weapons. It's easy to be angry with them, but what they really need is medical attention, and they deserve pity. It's not their fault that they're sick, or that medical science has done little to help them, and most sufferers are in complete denial about their condition. They think hating guns is a good thing. They no longer realize it's not good to hate.

Allowing hoplophobes to be involved in setting Second Amendment policy is like assigning people afraid of water to be lifeguards -- they'd never let anyone swim! The main treatment for hoplophobia is the psychological process known as "desensitization," the same methodology used for people with fear of spiders, open spaces or heights. You introduce the afflicted person to their fear, one very small step at a time, and they eventually overcome the terror if they're lucky.

Gun owners everywhere have witnessed this phenomenon when they take a novice to the range for the first time. The doubts, trepidations, wondering, and even abject fear often melts away as the individual learns they can do this, it's safe, it's enjoyable, they're competent, and they no longer have need for the fear. If they hit a bullseye they get ecstatic! It's a beautiful thing, watching a person come out of that horrific shell of self doubt, and stand on their own two feet.

This is why gun owners should always make an effort to take newcomers shooting. It's totally rewarding, defends our rights like little else can, and helps fellow human beings overcome that which holds them back.

A main operating principle behind TrainMeAz is to get the entire public on the bandwagon and out to the range. What a marvelous state that would make us, the envy of the nation and the free world. Make it so."

Constitutional Carry (also called Freedom To Carry or Vermont-style carry), brings our state statutes into compliance with our state Constitution, which says: “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the state shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men.”

*According to National Sporting Goods Association 2008 data, the top 7 consumer purchase categories were:

Exercise Equipment Total:   $5,307,822,000.00
Hunting & Firearms Equipment Total:  $4,584,004,000.00
Golf Equipment Total:  $3,545,584,000.00
Fishing Tackle Total:  $2,104,829,000.00
Bicycling Equipment Total:  $1,843,121,000.00
Camping Equipment Total:  $1,460,397,000.00
Optics Total:  $1,023,756,000.00

Thanks to the National Shooting Sports Foundation for finding and providing this research, saving me time, and giving you much needed facts to counter the balderdash you get daily from the "news" media.



So here I sit with baited breath waiting for the images to pop up on the news of the blood running in the streets of AZ like the Brady folks would have us believe.


Now what I'd like to know is whether there's any way to get my fingerprints out of the FBI database.

I, as a responsible, law-abiding citizen of the state of Arizona, just didn't feel good about breaking a law every time I left my house, so I went ahead and filled out the forms and took the course and handed over my fingerprint card and my money in exchange for the permission slip.

I'm not sure why, but I've never felt particularly comfortable knowing that my prints are on file in some federal office somewhere. Obviously I don't plan on committing any crimes, and if I did, I'm sure I'd be smart enough to wear gloves...

But seriously; is there an official, legal way to get the FBI to shred my personal info, now that I no longer need this permission slip, or is it there forever and always?

I'm sure I sound like a paranoid lunatic, and I know there are plenty of innocent, law-abiding folks with their prints on file, like soldiers, cops, teachers, etc., but something about this has given me the heebie-jeebies since the moment I dipped my digits in the ink.

Alan Korwin

al, They keep your prints until you're 99 years of age. No way to get that undone. Lots of people have buyer's chill after they bow before the king and give up their personal ID -- their prints -- and that's why most people (98%) don't get the permit. Many take the class and then, with second thoughts, never apply. You're not paranoid, you're normal. Alan.


I applaud Arizona on every aspect of not only their Constitutional carry laws but their immigration laws as well. While I live in Texas and enjoy much more freedom than other states I would love to see Texas follow Arizona's lead on both counts. If it were not for my current employment in Texas I would move to Arizona in a heart beat. You can bet that we will be helping Arizona's economy with frequent visits. God Bless Arizona and the USA.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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