Arizona: Opioid Epidemic and CCW Collide in Phoenix


An armed citizen in Phoenix was at the right place at the right time to stop an armed man trying to rob a Walgreens pharmacy of opioids.

As reported in, 30-year-old Stephen Holguin pulled out a gun, jumped the pharmacy counter at a Walgreens in the 3400 block of West Union Hills Drive, and demanded oxycodone.

An armed customer responded to the deadly threat by shooting Holguin. Police found Holguin wounded but still armed, including a back-up gun, and used a police dog to subdue him. Police administered CPR to Holguin, but he died at the scene.

Police interviewed and released the customer who shot Holguin, and are withholding his identity at his request.

Though Arizona offers concealed-carry permits, it is also a “Constitutional Carry” state: Arizonans can carry either openly or concealed without the requirement of a permit. Arizona also has “third-party defense” laws in place, meaning that you may defend a third person from the illegal use of force with a proportional response.

According to a recent DEA report, there are many more drug-overdose deaths than there are gun-related homicides in the United States. Two Arizonans die each day from opioid overdoses; in fact, the epidemic is so dire that the Arizona Department of Health Services even has a real-time ticker of deaths and overdoses.

— Warren Berg, U.S. LawShield Contributor


Arizona: Advice for Concealed Carriers if Stopped In Car by Police

Arizona advises drivers on concealed carry
An Arizona State Rep seeks changes to the state’s driver’s manual to include information on what armed citizens should do when stopped by the police.

July 7, 2016, was a frightening day for many concealed-carry permit holders. That was the day Minnesota police officers pulled over Philando Castile, allegedly for a broken taillight—and ended up fatally shooting the 32-year-old man. Castile had a concealed-carry permit, was carrying at the time, and was shot as he reached for the ID an officer had ordered him to show.

Arizona allows citizens 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. In an effort to prevent tragedies such as the one in Minnesota from happening in the Grand Canyon State, Arizona State Democratic Rep. Reginald Bolding Jr. sought changes to the state’s driver’s manual to include information on what armed citizens should do when stopped by the police.

According to an AP report in U.S. News & World Report, Bolding claims, “The goal was to create a set of standards” and that the changes to the driver manual were possible without the need for passing another law.

The Arizona Driver License Manual now advises “drivers with firearms in the vehicle should keep your hands on the steering wheel in a visible location and when the officer approaches let them [sic] know that you have a firearm in the vehicle and where the firearm is located. If requested, the officer may take possession of the weapon, for safety reasons, until the contact is complete.” —By Warren Berg, Contributor, U.S. & Texas LawShield® Blog


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Trend: Trigger-Maker Tactical Leaves California, Relocates To Arizona


Citing the regressive business climate, particularly for companies in the firearms industry, Randy Lee and Scott Folk, co-owners of Apex Tactical Specialties, the designer and manufacturer of aftermarket firearms parts, announced the company has fled the state of California and relocated to Peoria, Arizona and a new 50,000-sq.-ft. facility.

Founded by Lee in 2000, Apex got its start as a custom gunsmithing shop best known for Lee’s groundbreaking work on revolver actions. As the company ventured into parts design and manufacturing Apex grew rapidly, experiencing double-digit annual growth. In 2011 the company moved from a small 500-sq.-ft. space into a 6,000-sq.-ft. facility in Los Osos, California.

Four years later Apex was outgrowing the Los Osos location, and with the anti-gun political climate in California continuing to dominate state politics, it was clear to Lee and Folk that the next move would be to a new state and not just a new building.

“As native Californians, Scott and I have always considered California our home. Even when we found our home state to be less and less tolerant of us as shooters and of Apex as a firearms industry business, we hoped our future would still be in California,” Lee said.

“However, the pressure on gun owners and businesses continues to grow unabated, and we came to the realization that it was time for Apex to find a new home. This decision came much sooner than we anticipated, partly due to the rapid growth we’ve experienced, but more so due to anti-gun legislation, such as the recent passage of Proposition 63.”

On Election Day 2016, Californians passed Proposition 63, which requires a brand new fee of up to $50 for a background check to purchase ammunition and that all ammunition purchases must be made face-to-face through a licensed ammunition vendor. Additionally, Proposition 63 prohibits the possession of standard-capacity or large-capacity magazines, the kind required for use in normal R&D testing by companies like Apex.

“Getting out from under the restrictive and frankly punitive regulatory environment of California allows us to expand our R&D efforts as we continue to bring new products to market,” explained Folk. “The move is not only good for Apex but also our employees.”

California is consistently ranked as one of the worst states in which to run a business. By relocating to Arizona, Apex Tactical Specialties is not only able to reduce many operating costs for the business, but also expand opportunities for employees. In Peoria, Arizona the consumer prices are 18.03% lower than in San Luis Obispo, California. Rent prices are 40.20% lower and local purchasing power is 76.24% higher.

“As business owners, one of the things Randy and I are most proud of is the fact that of the 34 employees working for us in California, 28 have elected to relocate with the company to Peoria. With the median home sales price in Peoria being half that of San Luis Obispo, Apex employees who never imagined buying their own home are now actively planning to purchase one. It is extremely gratifying to see Apex’s success reflected in the lives of our employees,” added Folk.

The move also means the creation of new jobs. In addition to the 28 new jobs Apex brought to Arizona, the company has already hired an additional four employees and has plans to increase its staff to upwards of 50 total employees by the end of 2017. — by Texas & U.S. Law Shield Staff