Evidently citizens of Arizona have Freedom of Speech, except when the City of Phoenix tells them they don’t.  Read below how City of Phoenix stripped down 50 billboards advertising classes on “Gun Safety”, and gave the renters of the billboards no reason except to say they disagreed with the content.  Since when do we have “Speech Police”?
Several legislators at the Arizona State Capital say they are in total disagreement with what the City of Phoenix has done.  This reminds many of the “Gestapo” in Nazi Germany.  How do you fight City Hall, when you have broken no law?  Please forward to your friends, and please follow the story if it is carried on radio-talk shows or on national news programs.


You may have already heard the news that the city of Phoenix has stripped down 50 billboards that had been placed at bus stops around the city by “Train Me, Arizona” (headed by Alan Korwin — see www.trainmeaz.com) encouraging people to take classes on gun safety and other aspects of firearms ownership.  The ads were paid for by “Train Me, Arizona” and were supposed to be in place for a month. 

Removing the ads is an attack on the First Amendment right to free speech.  Alan was to be interviewed on the Mike Broomhead Show on KFYI yesterday.

Here's a list of the members of the
        Phoenix city council. I'm also attaching below (in case you
        haven't seen it) the latest news release from Alan Korwin.  This
        would be a good time to express your concerns re: removal of the


602-262-7444 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              602-262-7444      end_of_the_skype_highlighting  Thelda Williams — council.district.1@phoenix.gov
602-262-7445 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              602-262-7445      end_of_the_skype_highlighting  Peggy Neely — council.district.2@phoenix.gov
602-262- 7441 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              602-262- 7441      end_of_the_skype_highlighting Bill Gates — council.district.3@phoenix.gov
602-262-7447 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              602-262-7447      end_of_the_skype_highlighting  Tom Simplot — council.district.4@phoenix.gov
602-262-7446 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              602-262-7446      end_of_the_skype_highlighting  Claude Mattox — council.district.5@phoenix.gov
602-262-7491 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              602-262-7491      end_of_the_skype_highlighting  Sal DiCiccio — council.district.6@phoenix.gov
602-262-7492 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              602-262-7492      end_of_the_skype_highlighting  Michael Nowakowski — council.district.7@phoenix.gov
602-262-7493 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              602-262-7493      end_of_the_skype_highlighting  Michael Johnson — council.district.8@phoenix.gov

    Oct. 21, 2010
    Contact: Felicity Bower, 602-996-4020 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              602-996-4020      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Full contact info at end

    Phoenix Censors “Gun Safety for Kids”

    50 Ads Removed Without Notice

    Firearms industry message torn down

    Click here to see the messages banned by city of Phoenix

    The city of Phoenix, in an apparently arbitrary move and without formal legal process, has forced CBS Outdoors to tear down 50 illuminated bus-shelter billboards under contract to promote gun-safety training for children and their parents.

    The posters were placed by TrainMeAZ.com, a commercial joint-educational effort of the firearms industry in Arizona, and had been up all over the Phoenix metro area for a little over one week before the city acted.

    “The Phoenix attorney’s office claimed these were public service announcements, and those are banned,” said Alan Korwin, manager of the TrainMeAZ campaign and the Publisher at Bloomfield Press, a sponsor of the program. “It’s a bogus excuse — and they know full well we’re an LLC and not a non-profit. The commercial sponsors, shooting ranges and trainers on the website expect to attract customers. The ads are aimed at parents, so they can teach gun safety and the values of marksmanship to their kids,” he said. “We’re promoting a culture of marksmanship, where everyone learns to shoot and understands gun safety.”

    Assistant Phoenix city attorney Ted Mariscal claimed in a conference call with Mr. Korwin and CBS Outdoor that the billboards weren’t commercial enough, the message was too vague, and then demanded the message be changed to his satisfaction. When pressed for a definition of what is either sufficiently commercial or what defines a public service ad he declined to respond, referring instead to a 12-year-old 9th Circuit court case concerning a religious group (Children of the Rosary) and abortion ads. CBS is designing new art to please the city, but without guidelines of what’s acceptable, there’s no way to predict the result, and the TrainMeAZ campaign isn’t exactly keen on this approach.
    Mariscal offered to provide the case he says matters, and the lease agreement he says allows the city to remove the ads. The case is now under review. No lease agreement has been provided, and the city apparently has no definitions in place, apparently leaving Mr. Mariscal to act on his own unfettered accord. Nothing in the city’s advertising guidelines, provided by Mr. Mariscal, appear to justify censoring the ads.
    In the meanwhile, TrainMeAZ is losing more than 800,000 impressions per day it had been receiving through this Phase One of the campaign. A bulletin billboard with a similar message and goal remains up on Interstate 17, through another company. It gets about 135,000 eyes driving by daily (facing southbound traffic near Peoria exit). Several outdoor advertisers have contacted TrainMeAZ in an effort to pick up the lost business for themselves. CBS has offered a slate of city billboards to replace the messages the city has banned.

    “Mariscal has offered to approve some other advertisements to replace the ones we designed at great expense and want,” Korwin said. “We’ll be reasonable and look, but we don’t exactly want the city of Phoenix writing our advertisements for us. If anything is absolutely an affront to free speech and the First Amendment, there it is on a platter. Who do these people think they are?”
    Legislators aware of the problem have expressed outrage at the censorship effort by the city, and are preparing a plan of action. More news will follow soon.

    The program is an outgrowth of the Constitutional Carry law, effective in July this year, that frees all law abiding adults in Arizona to discreetly carry firearms. With the audience expanding from 2% of the public willing to apply and pay for a government permission slip to carry, to 50% of the public that possesses firearms, private industry figured this 25-fold increase in potential market was worth attracting.

    Mr. Korwin will be at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show this weekend at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, where he will autograph books and answer questions.

    TrainMeAZ CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS include (thus far):
    Arizona Citizens Defense League
    Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association
    Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
    Front Sight
    Second Amendment Sisters
    Wide World of Maps

    Check out my 13th book, comes off press end of October:
    After You Shoot: Your gun’s hot. The perp’s not. Now what?

    Alan Korwin
    Bloomfield Press
    “We publish the gun laws.”
    4848 E. Cactus, #505-440
    Scottsdale, AZ 85254
    602-996-4020 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              602-996-4020      end_of_the_skype_highlighting Phone
    602-494-0679 Fax
    1-800-707-4020 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-707-4020      end_of_the_skype_highlighting Orders
    Call, write, fax or click for free full-color catalog
    (This is our address and info as of Jan. 1, 2007)

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    –Edmund Burke

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  1. October 25, 2010 at 21:07

    I had not heard about that story–thanks for the info.

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