Sept. 25, 2008
Detailed Report in PDF link
City Council Meeting Report Summary
Thanks to the wonderful representation and
speaking by the Arizona target archery community, the
City of Surprise City Council removed “Bow and Arrows”
ban from a proposed fire arms/weapon ordinance.
City of Surprise residents, Eric Bennett
(USA Paralympics Archer, Teacher), John
Heffelfinger (Collegiate Archery Alum, State
Archery Team, Detective) and two other Surprise
citizens spoke about the benefits of responsible
Kari J. Granville,
attorney, spoke to the law as it relates to Arizona
Revised Statues as well as constitutional principals
and the trail blazing nature of creation of archery
specific law. The Arizona Game and Fish Department
also spoke in reference to the need for tools to
execute their mission.
Little if anything could have been done better
including a lucky coincidence of a Boy Scout Troop in
the Council meeting audience to observe city
government in action and three extra archery
supporters in the audience to yield time to allow
Granville to speak in excess of the 3 minute limit.
The Police Chief spoke of the need to develop law
that is readily understood and easily enforceable and
welcomed the opportunity to find a solution.
The City council quickly and decisively removed
“Bow and Arrow” from the proposed wording of the ban
ordinance by unanimous vote.
As exciting as the current preservation of the
status quo is, the Arizona target archery community’s
opportunity (KJ Granville) to work with the City of
Surprise to establish an ordinance that has the making
of a Best Code model ordinance.
Thanks to all who offered comments, support and
Surprise residents John “Chip” Heffelfinger and
Eric Bennett expressed thanks for the out pouring of
support and action. It was a team effort!
We could not have chosen a better City to work
with to develop an archery specific ordinance as
council members pay special attention to the voice of
Surprise has remarkable citizen archers.
Note that the ATA and the NFAA
staff responded quickly to the call for help in the
form of technical information and advice.
ASAA council meeting attendees:
John E Heffelfinger
Kari J Granville (Collegiate archery leader, 2008 Top
Overall Indoor, Field, FITA Champion and USAA World
Team Member, attorney)
Lynn Van Patter (ASAA Membership coordinator)
Skylar Van Patter (JOAD)
Janice Price (AAE AZ Cup)
Bob Pian (ASAA Team Liaison)
Arizona Game and Fish Department Officer
Former Boy Scout Leader
Large parcel property owner representative.
Boy Scout Troop