1st Amendment victory in AZ ‘Bus Shelter Ads’ case

Freedom loving Arizonans can celebrate Thursday’s Free Speech victory in the state Court of Appeals. The decision allows firearms expert and author Alan Korwin to post bus signs for his gun training business —- TrainMeAz —- without censorship from local government bureaucrats. 

After Korwin signed a contract with CBS Outdoors to place advertisements on 50 city-owned bus shelters, the City of Phoenix objected, informing Korwin the posters which read “Guns Save Lives,” didn’t comply with a requirement that bus shelter advertising only be used for speech that “proposes a commercial transaction.” However, city officials were unable to provide Korwin with any standards that explained what type of messages would meet that vague requirement. Ultimately, the city allowed reworded ads stating, “Guns Stop Crime.”

The Court’s opinion can be read here.

Background on this important case, all of the legal documents and the timeline can be seen here on the Goldwater Institute’s website. Attorneys from the Goldwater Institute, Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation represented Korwin.

Seeing Red AZ previously covered this issue December 3, 2013.

7 Responses to 1st Amendment victory in AZ ‘Bus Shelter Ads’ case

  1. lowadobian says:

    Once again, Alan Korwin prevails for all of us! Kudos to everyone involved. Constitutional vigilence at its best. Imagine these posters in NYC subways during the reign of Bloomberg or DeBlasio? How about Rob Emmanuel’s Chicago? I say, take TrainMeAZ nationally – its a great program. Challenge the grabbers in this arena and train the citizenry at the same time – On firearms – and the Constitution.

  2. Army Of One says:

    Finally sanity prevails in gun rights issues. This is a significant victory not just for our First Amendment freedoms but also for those contained in the Second Amendment. Bravo to the Goldwater team and Alan Korwin for their tenacity in pursuing this important case.

  3. Maggie says:

    Debbie Cotton, the “Cotton” in the lawsuit, has been replaced as director of the Phoenix Public Transit Department. Maria Hyatt is the “interim director.” Cotton is now also an “interim director.” She’s currently employed by the Phoenix Convention Center.

    Cotton’s arrogant stupidity ended up needlessly costing Phoenix taxpayers a ton of money for lawyer fees.

  4. Braveheart says:

    Last year, Debbie Cotton was named as one of the “Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business.” Did you ever hear of her before this lawsuit…..or after.

    • LD 23 PC says:

      Debbie Cotton crows about her “bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science.” Exactly how did those “skills” merit the top job at the Phoenix Public Transit Department?

  5. Capt. Marvel says:

    Bravo to the AZ Court of Appeals, Goldwater Institute and Alan Korwin. Job well done ALL!

  6. Frankly Speaking says:

    Happy to see this outcome, Alan.