Win in Arizona on Private Gun Sale Infringements will be Jewel in Bloomberg’s Crown

By David Codrea

Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns
If it were up to Bloomberg, they'd all be illegal — except for the ones carried by bodyguards for the elites.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “In 2014, Bloomberg and his billionaire buddies poured over $10 million into the passage of their gun owner registration scheme in Washington State via a ballot measure (I-594) similar to what we expect to see filed in Arizona,” Arizona Citizens Defense League tells members in a plea for awareness and support.  “In a press release crowing about their Washington success, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety stated they were also targeting Nevada, Maine and Arizona for the same treatment.

That struggle in Nevada, with the defense spearheaded by  Nevadans for State Gun Rights, is one I've been urging support for. They're in the thick of things and need help now. And the current struggle there is part a larger plan of state-by-stage subversion, first revealed in a little-heeded warning back when Bloomberg was busy setting up state organizations.

Activists in Arizona don't intend to wait to prepare for an assault. They're too seasoned and savvy for that, and they're under no illusions about what a Bloomberg victory would mean.

“Thanks to AzCDL, with the passage of Constitutional Carry and other good gun laws, Arizona has been ranked as the number one state for gun owners for the last three years,” the group explains.  “Taking us down is the gun grabbers’ number one goal.

“Yet, in response to our recent fund raising efforts to battle Bloomberg’s assault on Arizona, we’re hearing ‘This is Arizona – it will never happen here’ as if there was some invisible force field surrounding the state that prevented voters from being duped,” AzCDL notes.

Perhaps that’s due to hubris, laziness, ignorance or apathy, or more likely a combination of all of those. What gun owners interested in peaceably preserving the right to keep and bear arms need to figure out is how to overcome that.  The Founders left a remarkable system for seeking political and legal redress, albeit one that has been allowed to be corrupted, almost to the point of no return in “progressive” states. Much of that is because too few seem willing to participate in the rigors of working that system, and too many seem to think an occasional anonymous complaint or “Molon Labe” comment on a blog or forum is all the contribution and sacrifice that will ever be required of them.

AzCDL has been at the forefront of keeping Arizona relatively more “gun friendly” than many other states, and that’s because of the dedication of grassroots supporters, gun owners like you and me who have learned they can be more effective banding together in an organized manner.  Still, when that effort results in something novel, such as the Uniform Firearms Transfer Compact bill (which has the potential to thwart Bloomberg’s moneyed Astroturf assault), most gun owners haven’t even heard about it, let alone know what it could do or how they can get involved. If you want to know more, start here. Just don’t count on the “news” media to spread the word – that’s wholly dependent on those of us who care enough to get involved.

The bottom line is Bloomberg intends to throw himself into Arizona with everything he’s got. He knows if he can buy a “victory,” it will confirm what all gun-grabbers rely on: That by sticking to a strategy of bamboozling the ignorant, a well-funded juggernaut can roll over the next objective, and the next one after that.

Bloomberg's PR machine will be able to accomplish in each state what could not be done at the federal level. That’s why Arizona will be the jewel in his crown, and why he wants it so desperately — because the flip side is, if he’s stopped, his momentum will be broken, and gun owners will get a huge morale boost.

Outside of infirmity or poverty, it’s tough to come up with a reason why every Arizona gun owner interested in protecting his or her rights isn’t a member of AzCDL. It’s also tough to fathom why gun owners in other states don’t recognize that if Bloomberg wins there, he’ll be setting his sights on where they – where you — live next.

Why not give your brothers and sisters on the front lines in Arizona a helping hand, as you would want patriots in other states to support you in time of need? At a minimum, why not be a force multiplier and help them keep the rest of the gun community informed on what Bloomberg is doing in their state, and what they are doing to counter it?

Or, seeing how effective it is at getting gun-grabbers to back off and go away, you could just leave a “Molon Labe” comment.

David Codrea in his natural habitat.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 38 thoughts on “Win in Arizona on Private Gun Sale Infringements will be Jewel in Bloomberg’s Crown

    1. May God help keep some basic rights like self defense in this country, and especially at more local levels like states, countys, and down to individuals and familys. For his grace I am thankful.

      I am one of the poor/infirm, yet if I can, I will do more to help. I donated to Michael New’s financial needs when I was homeless years ago. Please people, push back against those who wish to enslave us more. May God bless the efforts of those who fight them. I agree with the comment to go after Bloomberg and his ilk legally. Any ideas on starting a legal fund/action?

      Bloomberg and his ilk ARE TRAITORS and should be branded worse than felons legally, and given severe penalties and legal redress including loss of a large percentage of their wealth, prison, and more if possible.

    2. Did y’all in AZ, or every other state for that matter, know that there are two federal statutes on the books that deals with the usurpers of “secured” rights? And now that the Second Amendment (2A) has finally been recognized to be a “fundamental” or “secured” right that applies to the states buy the SCOTUS in their Heller and McDonald decisions, Title 18, USC, Sections 241 & 242 now applies to Bloomberg and everyone else, politicians included, that attempt subvert OUR 2A rights.

      Section 241 of Title 18 is the civil rights conspiracy statute. Section 241 makes it unlawful for two or more persons to agree together to injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the Unites States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same). Unlike most conspiracy statutes, Section 241 does not require that one of the conspirators commit an overt act prior to the conspiracy becoming a crime.
      The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.
      TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 241
      If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same;…
      They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
      https://www.justice.gov/crt/conspiracy-against-rights

      And then there’s Section 242 for those residents of states that have already had their 2A rights subverted.

      Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
      For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim.
      The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.

      TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242
      Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping (jailed) or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
      https://www.justice.gov/crt/deprivation-rights-under-color-law

      All you have to do is visit a federal courthouse and swear out a complaint against Bloomberg and whoever he’s conspiring with in your state and have that carpetbagger and his traitorous accomplices in your state arrested. Maybe ten years in Leavenworth and a multimillion dollar fine will finally shut him up.

    3. Sheesh…you guys have to stop being so genteel. These billionaire media owners are the ones who call you terrorists!

      They’re not armed security or bodyguards. They are the elites’ hired gunmen, mercs, gunslingers, shooters, private army, trigger men, gun gang, etc. and gun rights ONLY apply to billionaires and their politicians!

      And gun control is ONLY for little people, peasants, bourgeois, subjects, serfs, the proletariat and boot licks!

      Again…sheesh.

    4. Your statement in the paragraph, “Perhaps that’s due to hubris, laziness, ignorance or apathy, or more likely a combination of all of those………and too many seem to think an occasional anonymous complaint or “Molon Labe” comment on a blog or forum is all the contribution and sacrifice that will ever be required of them.” And along with your statement, “That by sticking to a strategy of bamboozling the ignorant (primarily the central Puget Sound state counties inserted here), a well-funded juggernaut can roll over the next objective, and the next one after that.”

      Exactly what happened in Washington state! And it shows just how pathetic people here are…….31.6% of the state population who are registered to vote in WA actually voted, which equates to 17% of the total state population……..absolutely pathetic. And the entire registered and non-registered population who didn’t vote all complain about the outcome, regardless of what the initiative is – because it SUCKS, yet they didn’t even try to vote! I hope AZ has more balls and screws Bloomberg over hard.

    5. Short and sweet Bloomberg is a liberal tool just like pussy boy Obama. When they bring the US down they will be at the head of the line for their actions.

    6. Based on the million owners in New York and Connecticut who thus far have refused to comply with confiscatory laws, and the unknown number of Washingtonians who refuse to comply with I-594, I doubt that self-respecting owners in Arizona, Nevada and Maine would comply. If Bloomberg has his way we might see 50-75 million angry, non-compliant owners in the next few terms. At this moment, nobody openly admits to owning a firearm except to close friends or relatives. Many are stocking up on ammunition and preparing to secret their arms in the event of police intrusion. As a history buff, I’d opine America doesn’t even remotely resemble 1936 Germany. They won’t just turn over their valuable property willingly or peacefully to the government. I have faith that armed citizens will stand with their constitutionally affirmed natural, civil rights.

    7. Jorge, I take your point, but it isn’t just insecure Democrat governors we have to worry about. It is the general public who vote on ballot initiatives too. That’s the way WA got their ridiculous new background check law passed. We need to start educating the general public about the foolishness of background checks and other methods supposedly designed to “keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals and mental cases.” There simply IS NO WAY to accomplish that goal, since those folks are going to use illegal methods to get guns anyway, and the more the government restricts access to guns, the bigger the black market in guns will become (just like is occurring in Mexico today). Anyone who gives it any thought at all will recognize this fact. The reason the idea of background checks gets any traction at all, is that it seems to be a measure that might help sometimes (even if only now and then), but it is also seen as a measure that doesn’t actually HURT anyone. This is totally untrue, and NICS checks for example, (which are in error more than 95 percent of the time when they deny someone the right to purchase a gun), hurt both gun dealers and ordinary citizens several tens of thousands of times a year. Yet no one knows this, and it makes background checks APPEAR to be a relatively harmless, even if rarely effective, measure to most of the public. The public doesn’t vote for background checks because they think they are very effective, but rather because they are unaware of the downside of background check systems. The facts need to be reported often and the costs to all of us highlighted, rather than just pointing out the ineffectiveness of the system. Our goal should be not so much to prove that the background check system does not (and cannot) keep guns away from criminals, but rather to show that background check requirements actually HARM tens of thousands of ordinary people and hundreds of businesses every year. We need to specifically combat the mistaken belief that background checks are a harmless government tool; the public already knows they are rarely effective, and it is often pointed out that every public shooting incident involves either a criminal who circumvented the system to get his gun, or a person who was able to pass a background check to get a gun.

      1. Instead of trying to educate the idiots on each individual issue that pops up on a ballot why don’t you just try to educate the idiots about them being a dumbass idiot?

        1. You mean, like running PSAs about “It’s your duty NOT to vote?” Yeah, that’ll go over well, as true as it may be.

    8. I wish someone would explain why this half-pint runt is so committed to disarming America. What is behind this relentless agenda? He has armed guards. I doubt he gives a shit about young black men’s lives in Chicago. The fact that we will be facing our enemies on our own soil soon enough should slow this fool down, but no. It is all egomania, power and control?

    9. Bloomberg is an old man…..but his bank account is ageless.
      With the political differences which are now vigorously being exposed among the voters in America today….the one shining truth is that ‘everyone wants to be safe’……the candidates on the Right speak openly about 2nd Amendment Rights…. while it is a hidden, “don’t go there issue” with those candidates of the Leftist persuasion.
      I have faith in the People……and I have faith in their judgment………they will not go quietly into that Void where there is no chance of return………..

      Stay Safe……Stay Armed……Stay American……..!!!

    10. Bloomburg is a idiot and that makes anyone agreeing with him an idiot. Kind of like agreeing with a jackass. If you know what I mean.

    11. HERE ARE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS. First he is a socialist verging on something worse as was illustrated on all his twisted ideas on executive actions in New York regarding sugar, smoking and much more. Second he is a Jew (that is NOT bad). But as many other Jews including those at JPFO (Jews for The Preservation of Firearms) have told me most of their parents etc. came from Europe with a very liberal outlook and the absence of firearms was one–so they pass this on, even though they are the first to get killed when national problems occur. Third, he is ultra-rich (like Trump, what he says goes in his business) and has his goal of no guns and therefore what he says goes. Forth he is a tiny man in stature and in his case–has a little man complex where he will psychologically over compensate his behavior to be bigger. Last, he is just bat shit crazy and very dangerous!

    12. Once they stick it on the open ballot you never know. I’m amazed at the amount of stupidity shown by voters here in Washington state in support of I-594. To date there has not been a single arrest made! Proponents crow about the hundreds of “illegal transfers” that have been stopped since the passage of this bill….. funny, th television advertisements tugging on heart strings promised THOUSANDS of crimjnals would be stopped and arrested every year when attempting to buy a gun! So far…. zero. Of those who have been stopped from purchase it has been for mundane reasons… warrants for failure to appear, etc. Not a single kick back.published has been for a violent felon or any violence at all.

      But this was to be expected by those of us who knew. It is “illegal” to transfer ownership of a firearm to or from anyone not in our family (defined to include in-laws and cousins) without a background check….. but possession of a WA CPL means that check has been passed so many private citizens check I’D and CPL and continue with the transaction. There is no registration to check who owns a firearm with a certain serial number, so there is no way to trace a private sale not taking place with an FFL intermediary. Thousands of residents, myself included, continue to buy/sell firearms in private in spite of the law….. not because we are criminals, but because this is an unenforced and unenforceable law!

      The courts of Washington state, prosecutors, and law enforcement refuse to pursue it. The reason is simple, the court system refuses to hear argument against I-594 because “it has yet to negatively impact a citizen”……. read that again……. the court refuses to hear arguments against or to entertain ANY discussion of the legality of I-594 because “it has yet to negatively impact a citizen”! An illegal law is not a law and it is the responsibility of the citizens affected to throw down this law. So, until two private and unrelated citizens are arrested for transferring ownership of a firearm without the use of an FFL intermediary this “law” will continue to be a rally cry for Bloomy and his cronies… no.matter how shallow their “victory” may be.

    13. at both state and federal levels there need to be laws enacted that prohibit money from one state or out of state being used to infuence political issues within any other state. I cannot see how BloomingIdiot’s BigBux can go about buying laws and elections wherever he wants them. There is no place for kings and dictators in this nation, and he certainly plays one.

      I wish the authorities in some of the states where he’s been playing the thug had busted him and his goons for some of their very illegal antics…. e.g. when his crews went into Texas to “document” illegal gun sales to “prove” we “need” what he calls “better laws”. They DID break federal and state laws, yet no consequences ensued. Conspiracy to traffic in arms would have looked mighty good haning on this dirtbag’s neck.

      1. “there need to be laws enacted that prohibit money from one state or out of state being used to infuence political issues within any other state.”

        Yup, just as soon as laws are enacted that say semators and representatives from blue states can’t gang up and pass federal laws that have to be obeyed by the rst of us in blue states. And of course, that’s never going to happen.

        So our only alternative is to Bring It. Yup, I donated to DeFoleyAte, the Colorado Recall, and the Nevada anti-Bloomberg lobby, among others, and I’m glad I did. My money spoke for me and for liberty.

        1. You also have a bunch of county sheriffs across Colorado that all stood together and applied their backbone and fortitude in defense of the liberty of Coloradans on unconstitutional laws that were passed in your state.

          1. It’s always the untrained undisciplined civilians that are the first ones to grab for the Second Amendment right and take back their country without understanding or knowing what it takes to do that. Best you sit in the observer’s chair and learn and follow for those of us with the experience to do the leading in that arena.

          1. Then please try to explain to Tex what it is that he is advising others without the training discipline and knowledge to do when it comes to exercising the Second Amendment against a government?

            USMC B 1/7 WPNS 75-79

    14. EN MI CONCEPTO Y SEGÚN MI CRITERIO,SOLO LOS GOBIERNOS QUE NO ESTÁN SEGUROS DE SU DIGNIDAD BUSCAN DESARMAR AL PUEBLO,PORQUE TEMEN QUE ESTE SE SUBLEVE,EN CAMBIO LOS GOBIERNOS QUE TIENEN BIEN CLARO LAS POLÍTICAS DEMOCRÁTICAS,Y COMO CONSTRUIR UN PAÍS MÁS JUSTO,NADA TIENEN QUE TEMER.ESTADOS UNIDOS HA SIDO ES Y SERÁ UN PAÍS MUY GRANDE POR SUS VALORES Y DESDE SIEMPRE,SUS CIUDADANOS HAN TENIDO ARMAS,NO SE ENTIENDE PORQUÉ DEBE CAMBIAR ESTA NORMA.
      RESULTA PARADÓJICO LLEVAR A SUS SOLDADOS A LUCHAR EN DEFENSA DE LAS LIBERTADES DEL MUNDO Y LUEGO NEGARLES EL DERECHO A TENER SUS ARMAS.TIENE QUE HABER REGLAS DE JUEGO CLARAS.

          1. Don’t be so quick to dismiss. What he posted (according to Google Translate) was:

            IN MY CONCEPT And in my opinion, ONLY THE GOVERNMENTS WHICH ARE NOT SURE OF THEIR DIGNITY SEEKING DISARM THE PEOPLE, FOR FEAR THAT THIS IS revolted, INSTEAD governments with clear democratic politics, and how to build a more just country, They HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR. UNITED STATES HAS BEEN IS AND WILL BE A BIG COUNTRY FOR THEIR VALUES AND ALWAYS AND ITS CITIZENS HAVE HAD WEAPONS, NOT UNDERSTAND WHY SHOULD CHANGE THIS STANDARD.
            Paradoxically BRING YOUR SOLDIERS FIGHT IN SAFEGUARDING LIBERTIES OF THE WORLD AND THEN THE RIGHT TO HAVE CONFISCATED THEIR WEAPONS. MUST HAVE clear rules.

            1. I understand what he said I said WTF over his lack of understanding the “Democratic concept” of the United States in which it takes We the People individually to get up off of our dead complacent asses, to take charge of and maintain our government officials. Not used the voting process to “hire leaders” to dictate to us and tell us what to do with our lives.

              As the generations go on in our nation the people have become complacent and started calling our elected and appointed officials “leaders” rather than Representatives (of our voice and our will).

              We do not elect people to lead us we elect people govern the affairs of the country, (State, County, City) whatever respective size body of government the officials elected for) as a whole

      1. Yesterday I posted a reply to democrat Jorge’s comment and Ammoland did not post it. The common American’s opinion gets censored but democrat Jorge can spew whatever the hell he says here and never get censored. Ammoland I really enjoy some of your articles but I do not agree with your censorship policy. I also had a comment not posted that pertained to the Ice Cube article. It appears that Ammoland gives freedom of speech to foreigners and rap stars/special interest groups but not to the common Americans. I miss the days in America when you truly had freedom of speech and Americans always came first. Piss on censorship!

    15. David,

      Thanks for the post! We in Arizona are working hard to keep carpet-bagging Mayors from mucking up our great state, and we can use all the help we can muster!! Readers, please help, money is what it takes, and lots of it!

      Donate, join or renew at http://azcdl.org/html/online_store.html , AzCDL thanks you very much!

      Tom Woodrow
      AzCDL

      1. I have shut down my business of 20 years (red tape and EPA rules) and the retirement accounts have vanished and SS has managed to divert my COLA to illegal Democratic voters or I would contribute to the 100 or so requests I get daily.. I calculated that if I only gave a dollar I would be out 2 grand a month. When I win the Powerball I ‘ll give Bloomers a run for his money.

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