Arizona Does "Not Have a Single Common Sense Gun Law" On Books, Brady Center Finds

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For a state that recently became only the second in the  country to pass a law that names an official state gun, it shouldn't come as much of a shock that Arizona scored a whopping zero points on this year's Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence annual scorecard -- and that's out of 100.

Arizona joins Utah and Alaska on the group's list of states that "do not have a single common sense gun law on their books," and are considered "do-nothing" states in terms of gun-control policy.


The point system used to score each state is based on the criteria listed below:

  • States can earn up to 35 points by taking steps needed to "Curb Firearms Trafficking." States can fully regulate gun dealers within their borders, limit bulk purchases of handguns, record gun sale records and provide police certain technology to identify crime guns, and require lost or stolen guns to be reported to the police.
  • States can earn up to 40 points by "Strengthening Brady Background Checks." This involves requiring universal background checks and requiring a comprehensive permit to purchase firearms. Short of universal background checks, states also can close the gun show loophole by at least requiring background checks for all gun show sales, and they can regulate handgun ammunition sales.
  • States can earn up to 10 points by "Banning Military-style Assault Weapons" and the deadly assault clips, like the one used by the Tucson shooter. 
  • States can earn up to 7 points by "Protecting Child Safety" when it comes to guns. States can require that only childproof handguns be sold within their borders, require child safety locks be sold with each weapon and hold adults accountable for keeping guns away from kids and teens.

As we mentioned, Arizona didn't earn a single point.

"We want to prevent the next Tucson, Virginia Tech, or Columbine. Gun violence directly touches nearly 100,000 Americans each year," Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke says. "This happens because it's too easy now for dangerous people to get guns and to legally carry them in all sorts of public places."

California, the group determined, has the most common-sense gun laws, despite ranking 33rd on the Centers for Disease Control's rankings of gun deaths per 100,000 people.

In a bit of a shocker, Arizona wasn't awarded one of the group's "Craziest Gun Laws" awards -- although, it should have been.

This year's "Craziest Gun Laws" awards went to Kansas for allowing guns in K-12 schools, Virginia for allowing guns in bars, as long as the patron doesn't drink; Utah for allowing guns on college campuses; and Florida for being on the brink of passing a bill that penalizes doctors for talking to children and parents about guns in the home.

In defense of Arizona's gun craziness, the state also allows guns in bars, and a brief case of common sense by Governor Jan Brewer is the only thing that prevented the state from also allowing guns on college campuses -- yet the Colt Single-Action Army Revolver State doesn't even get honorable mention? We're calling shenanigans. 

See the full Brady scorecard here.

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Gramps
Gramps

Actually Arizona has some of the best gun laws.  If this scares you move to California.  They have no problem limiting your second amendment rights, which you seem to feel all warm and fuzzy with.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

James King is a MORON. I thought by the subject title I would be able to read about something that was actually "news worthy" But as usual anything regarding the brady dingbats is anything but newsworthy and generally plain liberal anti-gun jibberish that totally reinforces criminals and their pursuit to do as they please against defenseless unarmed American innocents.  

Guest
Guest

Seems to me that if we're limiting peoples rights, It is far too easy for people like Paul Helmke to speak freely and legally in public places.

Rhmtn
Rhmtn

Great idea...disarm citizens, then when criminals who care nothing about "gun laws" still acquire them illegally, they can have at us like fish in a barrel.  This entire site is a joke.  No amount of laws in the world could keep people from acquiring firearms illegally.  Limiting the power of citizens to defend themselves is just stupid. 

Tim
Tim

The only "Common Sense" Gun law is the 2nd Amendment. ANY infringement is unconstitutional therefore null and void.

Philip Peterson
Philip Peterson

California, the group determined, has the most common-sense gun laws, despite ranking 33rd on the Centers for Disease Control's rankings of gun deaths per 100,000 people. ~ 

Hmmmm, doesn't that rather show how ineffectual "common-sense gun laws" actually are?

Rupertpupkin
Rupertpupkin

It is an absolute riot that the Brady Campaign claims various states have the "Craziest Gun laws" whilst it hands out kudos to places like Chicago, California, DC etc that have the strictest laws in the country, yet have the most gun crime in the US.  Year after year they fail to completely ignore the disconnect. 

Just think, Utah(and its "Craziest gun laws")could be just as violent as Chicago, if only it had stricter gun control laws on the books. 

Rupertpupkin
Rupertpupkin

In my above post the second sentence should read "Year after year, they completely ignore the disconnect".

Jason6261911
Jason6261911

 gun laws are stupid they will never make a criminal stop what they are going to do or prevent them fromgetting a gun these stupid retarded laws only a mongaloid would inforce only take guns from law abiding citizens ,criminals dont obey any laws tards

Brian
Brian

The article cites, "a comprehensive permit to purchase firearms". Guess what? The Second Amendment to the Consitution is the only permit necessary. If you support the Brady club, you obviously are unwilling or unable to learn the lessons of history. Unarmed people are subjects, not citizens. This has been proven time and time again.

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Gerald
Gerald

Gee, I sure want a bunch of East Coast liberals telling me how to live, especially libs that exploit one man's tragedy (James Brady) to push their views.

In my 30+ year career in law enforcement, I've had a front-row seat to this debate. I can tell you that the assertions made by the Bradyites are simply false. What's true is that there are violent people in society who are dangerous no matter what they hold in their hands. Strict gun laws really don't have an effect on curbing their violence, other than to make it easier for these felons to identify their next victim and make it difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.

Here's an interesting fact: crime is down so much in Phoenix that they're actually considering reducing the size of the P.D. Not enough work. Don't suppose the criminals are hesitating before striking, do you?

(And here's an example of liberal hypocrisy in the gun debate: Chicago's former mayor Daley is adamantly anti-gun, yet he just asked the new mayor for a 4-officer protection detail from the Chicago P.D. This is called, "Guns for me but not for thee.")

The bottom line is that we have the ability, and I think the responsibility, to take part in protecting ourselves. Crime is definitely not down everywhere. You can certainly choose to hope that the thugs out there will pick on someone else; that's your right. (Maybe you could wave the Brady group's scorecard at them!)

On the other hand, you have the right to prepare for a time when that hope may well run out, and the right to choose to arm yourself as part of that preparation.

Naughtydogx2
Naughtydogx2

Not to sound too critical but there is a place if you want the government to control your every choice, its called china. Gun locks are a amazing idea but its my choice to use it. Like a condom really, if you don't use one your an idiot but screw you for saying i have to. If I want an ak with a 100 round drum its my choice, and my responsibility to be lawful with it. Gun control is a way to give crooks an advantage. By the way. Just asl ny, or ca how their gun control has effected gun related deaths then look at az's

j_in_mesa
j_in_mesa

One of the things I like about AZ. Sure, we've got our silly politics (Republican [Maricopa County] vice Democrat administrations - cf. Cook County.) But liberals, conservatives, classical liberals, neo-cons, and libertarians can own guns here. It's not good when only the police and the military can own/carry weapons. As a reference, see the history of the 20th Century.

Rick Brenfleck
Rick Brenfleck

To Expert Shot: so carrying your logic to i's obvious conclusion, if someone gets drunk and kills someone with their car, we should jail the bartender and the car salesman! To quote Bill O'Reilly, you, sir, are a pinhead!

Rick Brenfleck
Rick Brenfleck

I disagree with the statement that Arizona doesn't have a single common sense gun law on the books. We have the most common sense gun law there is--if you're a law abiding citizen, you can carry a gun!. They mention Virginia Tech and Columbine, where it's totally illegal to posess a firearm. Did that save anyone? In New York, it's almost impossible to get a permit to carry a gun (unless you're Rosie O'Donnell's bodyguard). Is anyone going to seriously argue that you're safer in New York city than Phoenix?

CUNAZ
CUNAZ

California, the group determined, has the most common-sense gun laws, despite ranking 33rd on the Centers for Disease Control's rankings of gun deaths per 100,000 people.

Doesn't this speak for its self!

I'm right cuz I said so
I'm right cuz I said so

When someone is breaking down my door to kill me, I suppose you want me to beat them back with a tennis racket because Arizona finally got some "common sense gun laws"

Enuf
Enuf

The Brady Bunch can kiss my ass. Their "answers" are for problems that do not exist or are not addressed by what they want to do ... or both. They are about Ideology and extremism.

That doesn't mean there aren't crazies on both sides. Such as those that wanted the Colt SAA Revolver as a "State Gun". Sturm, Ruger & Co should be so honored, they actually make handguns in Arizona.

Personally I prefer their model SR9. But to be fair, one of their Blackhawk series would be more fitting to the spirit of the thing.

ZogWee
ZogWee

lol, pretty much everything in Arizona lacks common sense. I think there is something in the water out there in AZ myself. www.anon-toolz.at.tc

CJAZ
CJAZ

It's all in your point of view.

The Brady Crazies give AZ a 0 on its scorecard? To me, that's a perfect score of 100 for AZ.

Jason
Jason

If our dimwitted governor acting in concert with our equally dimwitted Legislature would halt the obsession with guns, and make getting them tougher, MAYBE we wouldn't be the laughingstock of the country.

law abiding citizen
law abiding citizen

Laughing stock? I wish Texas had Arizonas gun laws!

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

AMEN, Brother.  Let Illinoise (SIC on purpose) have the lame ass designation as having the worst gun laws.  REALLY???  Politics...Corruption...and  Allowing Illegal Immigration influx... Let's see wher that goes...Washington D.C. (High crime rate) Illinois/Chicago (Even Higher crime rate) and lastly, that miserable wasteland called California.  At all 3 of these places you can get a birth certificate and death certificate in just about an hour without having to wait.

Naughtydogx2
Naughtydogx2

You can always move to cali were your drugs are legal comrade

Joel Z Williams
Joel Z Williams

@ zakrulz, i recently bought a handgun. I went into the store thinking that i would pay the money and wait for a phone call two weeks later to pick it up. the clerk says, "wait here, i have to call the feds to check this out". he came back in 10 minutes and i walked out of the store with a pistol and ammunition in under an hour. most of that time was spent looking at other guns.

ZakRulz
ZakRulz

So after reading the report let me know if I'm understanding this right. In Arizona, if I want to buy a gun all I have to do is walk into a store and buy one? No mandatory gun safety class, no premit application to the chief of police in the city/town I live in, no background check, no waiting period, nothing?

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

You got it fairly close to right.  Although you have to meet some standard regulations and fill out a Federal firearms transfer form, there is NO wait period or local PD approval and absolutely NO safety classes or gun knowlege.  If you pass the "federal" and are NOT a "prohibited" applicant---if ya got the money...ya got the gun... going out the door...

MrE85249
MrE85249

In Arizona you walk into a store, you have to be an AZ resident, fill out an ATF form 4473. If you do not have an AZ CCW, which you have to take a class to get, the store calls NCIS to do a background check. When it comes back clean they can sell you the gun. The process With the AZ CCW is you fill out the form, they sell you the gun. TO get the AZ CCW you take a class, get finger printed, pass a background check. You cannot be a felon, domestic abuser, dis-honorably dicharged vet,. You swear the gun is being bought by you, for you. With AZ CCW about 20 min. about an hour without.

We don't do common sense
We don't do common sense

I think the "Brady Center" will find that "sense" is the least common attribute of the residents of Phoenix, AZ.

While I understand ExpertShot's position, I'm going to agree with you that concealing the gun one feels one needs to thwart the evils of Earth is no more dangerous and much more intelligent than displaying the goddamned thing for all to see. Police officers are taught that in a microsecond's decision to discharge their guns it is with the understanding that they are going to kill their antagonist - not inflict a wound. And cops are trained for gun use unlike some idiot who took a class, watched a movie and got a paper signed by the instructor saying he's allowed to carry a gun on those hazardous trips to Wal-Mart or the kid's pre-school.

Gun use (offensively or defensively) necessarily demands an equal reaction by the opposing party, if he, to, is carrying a gun. And if you're going to whip it out, you'd best be ready to deal with any consequences of that act.

Guns can be obtained by anyone who tries hard enough to get one. But a dude who feels he is safer for having his "9" for protection is fooling himself. He is not only NOT safer but in thinking he is he may do something stupid that will escalate an otherwise excusable and survivable situation.

I have to disagree with you on your last statement... AZ.'s gun laws do not and cannot help protect people from the crazies and the criminals - it only allows them to join their ranks.

Steve Tracy

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

OFF MARK.  And deciding to be a "willing victim" is insanity in my book.  Don't generalize "Phoenix" unless you've decide to let the influx of illegals and the gangs own you and your family because you don't feel safe with owning a gun. 

Lujlp
Lujlp

Most responsible gun owners put in more time at the shooting range then cops do. Most cops put in the bare minimum to stay quailifed, they usually have to many other duties to spend time at the gun range

Steve
Steve

Oh! just one more thing Tracy. For some reason I can't get your very last paragraph outa my head."I have to disagree with you on your last statement... AZ.'s gun laws do not and cannot help protect people from the crazies and the criminals - it only allows them to join their ranks." So Az. gun laws put you in the same catagory as the "crazies and criminals".I gotta cut and past this to "Concealled Carry.com". they probably need someone to vent on with all the other ignorant(as in uninformed) people making it harder on hard working family sorts who love life and everything that comes with it who sometimes know that the local LEO won't be there in time to save a life.Have a wonderfull day Tracy as you walk blindly thru life!

Steve
Steve

"Guns can be obtained by anyone who tries hard enough to get one. But a dude who feels he is safer for having his "9" for protection is fooling himself. He is not only NOT safer but in thinking he is he may do something stupid that will escalate an otherwise excusable and survivable situation."

This comment just about knocked me off the stool I'm sitting in!!!!!!So thinking I feel safer with my G26 than without means I may do something "stupid".So all the training I recieved in the military, the handgun classes for Armed Security, all the practice I do at the firing range, all the latest info I read about handgun safety and correct shooting procedures and lets not forget that little book I carry about the Az. laws about when and where to use "DEADLY FORCE" and when NOT to!I'm pretty sure since the "Navy" said I was cleared to work with Nuke missles I could handle a compact 9mm. But should you be scared I'm now going to build a nuke and erase your lifestyle since I could get "stupid". Not only do I want to keep my life safe but if I could keep someone else from being killed (like in Tucson) I would do everything in my power to do so!You should do more homework or talk to someone who's been thru a home invasion or a woman who's been raped on the street and tell them they wouldn't have been SAFER even if they had a handgun!

We don't do common sense
We don't do common sense

Perhaps you skipped over the part where I referred to the typical citizen idiot who has no formal experience with weapons by way of military or law enforcement training.

You are allowed to have guns in your home so I'm not sure where you were going with the home invasion comment. A raped woman who had been snuck up on would likely have had her gun discovered and taken during the assault.

As far as you're concerned you are quite qualified for weapons handling, but not knowing you personally, I cannot know how you might react to a given situation that you accidentally become involved in. So, I will stand by my original statement... guns do not equate with safety.

If you find this a source of comedy - more power to ya !

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

So, according to your analogy, people are going to get drunk and drive so therefore we should have no laws which punish people who drink and drive - right?

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Man, they really NEED to get your private PADDED cell ready ASAP.  You have never been sane and therefore need to put AWAY for as long as possible.  Hope you don't have any children that you think need your opinion beaten into their formative brains.

someguy
someguy

ExpertShot, yours is the worst analogy ever.

I am generally a flaming liberal except for when it comes to gun rights. I realize this is totally anecdotal, but the only places in the US that I have been assaulted are NYC and San Jose, places with fairly strict gun laws. I've lived in Arizona my whole life, so these occurrences happened only while I was in these towns for a short time on business. I've NEVER been bothered while in "gun-loving" states. That correlation is hard for me to ignore. FWIW, I'm built like a linebacker, so I'm just as surprised as anyone when I get hassled by thugs, but the only conclusion I can draw is that they perceive me to be unarmed (correctly in both cases), as I abide the laws of whatever state I'm in. These are both instances of the criminals having guns and a law-abiding citizen being SOL.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

We should have laws to punish people who sell guns to dangerous people. Enuf said.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

The Brady Bunch is a joke. The BATF is worse as far as common sense. They recently ran a so called project where they told gun dealers to sell multiple assault weapons to individuals in order to track where they ended up after the gun dealers called and informed BATF of what these individuals wanted . Well the only way they could be tracked was if they were used in a crime. They were used in Mexico for criminal activities as they knew they would be, but the BATF has been allowing this to happen. Then the Obama puppet gets all bubbly and tells the Mexican president that the reason for all the drug cartel violence was because gun dealers in the U.S. are selling multiple firearms to individuals. The BATF's own agents blew the whistle on their own supervisors. Gun control, what a bag of propaganda.

No legitimate dealer is going to jeopardize their own freedom to sell firearms to a felon or to a suspicious indivdual. Those who don't own firearms will always squawk about criminals owning guns. Criminals are going to have firearms regardless of gun laws. The only thing gun laws do is keep firearms out of the possession of people who don't break the law. There are laws in place to deal with all these situations, just enforce what you have...we don't need any more.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Conrete for Brains says: No legitimate dealer is going to jeopardize their own freedom to sell firearms to a felon or to a suspicious indivdual.

You sir are an ignorant slut.

In Arizona, a "legitimate" dealer is anyone who wants to sell a gun - BECAUSE ARIZONA DOESN'T HAVE LAWS THAT MAKE THESE DEALERS ILLEGITIMATE!!!

You, with your irresponsible opinions, and those who share them (including our legislators and governor), are responsible for 10s of 1000s or unneeded deaths (read: suicide and accidental) due you advocating that dangerous weapons should be getting into the hands of dangerous people.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

ExpertShot,  You are an absolute misguided douchebag that needs to be flushed.  The BATF is stonewalling the investigations and Holder AND Obama were always aware of this "Fast And Furious" FIASCO.  They both should be sent to the worst Mexixan prison to serve their appropriate sentences.  You need to stick your head farther up your own A-Hole until you can get a better view of actual reality. 

crystal8521
crystal8521

Thanks ExpertShot could not have said it better.

Lujlp
Lujlp

Cause suicidal people wont kill theselves by any other means the gun fire right? How many people die in acr accidens v gun accidents? Lets ban cars

Ph4l4nx
Ph4l4nx

Yep.  Switzerland has universal gun ownership, yet one of the lowest suicide rates of any country.  Japan... has banned firearms for the civilian population, and yet has one of the highest suicide rates.

People need to focus on the underlying social issues at work here, not the tools used.

bucky
bucky

Wrong bunghole. A legitimate dealer is an BATF-licensed dealer. Arizona laws have absolutely nothing to do with that because it is controlled by the feds.

True, a private citizen can sell a privately-owned gun to anyone he or she wants, but they are not dealers. By the same token, that same citizen can sell a house, a horse, a car or a load of manure. All are private property owned by a private citizen.

Rupertpupkin
Rupertpupkin

The above comment is the silliest I have read in a long time. Firstly, the notion that it is legal for a licensed firearms dealer to step out of his booth at a gun show and sell a gun without a background check is as ludicrous as it is hilarious.  He would be breaking the law, and anyone with the slighest familiarity with the law would know that. I also find it hilarious that someone thinks an individual already breaking the law by being in the US illegally is somehow going to adhere to firearms laws when he wants to illegally purchase a weapon. If only private citizens had to perform background checks, no one would ever obtain a gun illegally right?  Give me a freakin break.  According to the FBI's OWN STATISTICS, not even 2% of guns bought at gun shows from private citizens are used to commit crimes.  So for all the idiots out there claiming so many crimes are being committed because private citizens aren't burdened with background checks, you are as wrong now as you were the last time someone told you the facts and you just decided to ignore them. 

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

So, when your "legitimate dealer" leaves his booth at the gun show and walks to his car and sells a "customer" a gun out of his trunk - he's then a "private citizen." right. Happens ALL THE TIME.

A "legitimate dealer" is any person who can legally "deal" a firearm. In Arizona, because of the stupid laws here, an individual can sell a firearm, to anyone, without any background check. Whether the buyer is a member of a terrorist cell or not.

See this is what is so stupid - anti-illegal worker people are worried about the "invasion" from the South but aren't worried that when the "invaders" get here they didn't have to bring their guns, they just go to a gun show and buy their weapons from a gun dealer who becomes "magically" a private citizen. Juan and Jose don't even have to pack their own heat across the border - they just buy their weapons from the ass-cracks at the gun show when they get here.

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