Q: how do I legally create a militia in AZ? What can I not do?
I created a group that consists of 23 people. We have soldiers, cooking staff, registered nurses, maintenance crew, and a supply/inventory crew that would come together in the event of a total collapse of the government and the United States. I was thinking about having some of us register as NRA instructors, or I was wondering if there is a license I can obtain for like a “gun enthusiast group” I just don’t want to go to jail for making a group to survive an apocalypse/anarchy. We have a name and logo also.
A: As a criminal defense lawyer, I don't have the best answer for you. I recommend that you contact a lawyer who specifically deals with constitutional law as this is going to be up the alley of constitutional freedoms such as speech, assembly, etc.
On the criminal defense side of things, I would make sure you stay away from the unintended mistake of forming a gang, which is a formal or informal association of people who collectively or individually engage or attempt to engage in committing a criminal act. You can find more info under ARS 13-105 (8) and (9).
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