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We believe the 2nd Amendment is best defended through grass-roots organization, education, and advocacy centered around individual gun owners. It is our mission to encourage, organize, and support these efforts throughout Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Discuss firearms and all aspects of firearm ownership
Join others in organizing against anti-gun legislation
Buy, sell, and trade in our classified section
Find nearby gun shops, ranges, training, and other resources
Discover free outdoor shooting areas
Stay up to date on firearm-related events
Share photos and video with other members
...and much more!
This page explains the rules members must follow when using our website.
Rules of Southwest Firearms
We work very hard to provide a family-friendly community for local firearm owners. The internet may be a rough place, but that
doesn't stop us from doing our best to keep our small corner clean. Those who show common decency and treat others with respect
will find a place they're proud to call home.
Though this may sound a little 'out there', we couldn't phrase it better than our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln
(captured on VHS circa 1989).
Websters defines excellent as "unusually good" or "much better than average". Southwest Firearms
welcomes all gun owners, meaning you will find a more diverse group here than on other firearm-related websites. Going above and beyond
when interacting with others you may disagree with is never easy, but it is a condition of your membership here. You don't have to
be warm and fuzzy, but you do have to be respectful to other members. When things get heated, simply avoid using the word you.
How you treat others, both online and off, is a direct reflection on all gun owners. Believe us, people are watching. Opting for the high road
is always the best choice. Nobody has ever won someone to their way of thinking by calling them an idiot. We expect people to act like adults
here, it's unreasonable to ask us to babysit you. No doubt, there will be conflict and disagreements here. You alone will be held responsible
for how you deal with them. Take a breath, walk away, go outside.
This rule is purposely vague to inclusively prohibit a wide variety of rude, malicious, catty, sarcastic, hurtful, hateful, spiteful, barbed,
and ornery behavior within the community including:
General rudeness and disrespect (as outlined above).
Epithets, labels, and generalizations against another person or group of people, whether they are members here or not. These serve
absolutely no purpose other than to divide us, directly opposite to our goal of uniting gun owners. This is especially relevant
regarding political labels (such as 'the liberal media', 'those right-wingers', and even 'left/right'). Pro-gun and anti-gun are the
only labels that should be applied here, as we are a single-issue community. This rule also applies to but is not limited to
epithets, labels, and generalizations pertaining to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, ethnicity, nationality, occupation
(such as law enforcement), and every other one you can think of. Disagreement over what constitutes a religion, race, sexual orientation,
ethnicity, etcetera is not a legitimate excuse.
Using someone's affiliations ad hominem as a means of dismissing or discrediting their views regardless of whether said affiliations
are mainstream. For example, "You're a vegetarian, what would you know about hunting?".
Linking to external attacks, harassment, or other material, for the purpose of attacking another member.
Comparing members to Nazis, dictators, or other infamous persons.
Accusations about personal behavior. If you believe a person's personal behavior is questionable, on or off the site, please contact a
Posting personal information about another person, such as name, phone number, address, etc. (also known as doxing). This rule
applies regardless of whether the person is a member here or not.
Threats, including, but not limited to:
Threats of legal action.
Threats of violence or other off-site action (particularly death threats).
Threats of physical or electronic vandalism.
Threats or actions which deliberately expose other members to political, religious, or any other type of persecution by government,
their employer, or others.
Threats to give out personal information about another member.
These are examples, this is not an exhaustive list. Insulting or disparaging another member is prohibited regardless of the way which
it is done.
2. Religious and non-firearm political content is prohibited
We are a single-issue organization, focused solely on bringing people together in support of the 2nd Amendment. Religious and
political content is inherently divisive, hurting our cause far more than it could ever help it. This includes news-related content that our
staff believes may cause division.
3. Divisive, negative, offensive, nonfactual, or inappropriate content is prohibited
This is the guideline which sets the overall look, feel, and tone of our community. As a public organization with clearly defined goals, we
must do everything we can to establish and maintain a positive, welcoming, family-friendly environment. Per our Terms of Service, it is the
responsibility of every member to act accordingly.
This rule is all encompassing, including threads, posts, images, videos, language, innuendos, insinuations, suggestions, intimations,
implications, hints, overtones, undertones, allusions, and references, or links to content which would be considered divisive, negative,
offensive, or inappropriate if posted here. This also includes causing discord by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting
inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages, either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking others into an emotional
response, or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion (aka Trolling).
Examples of nonfactual material include:
Content from one of the well-known nonfactual traffickers (Natural News, Alex Jones, Before it Was News, Zero Hedge, Sorcha Faal, etc).
Content related to conspiracy theories (chemtrails, HAARP, alien abduction, water fluoridation, etc).
Content that violates the known laws of physics.
Content which is deemed totally implausible.
Hiding or masking this type of content, such as attempting to avoid the language filter (d$#@!) or through vague wording, is considered a
violation of this rule.
Copyright infringement is a very real legal threat to online forums, even causing some to shut down indefinitely. Though we see it often across
the internet, must insist you do not re-post articles, emails, or other content found elsewhere on the net. Remember that non-firearm
political content is not allowed here. Because they cannot be linked, posting emails is also prohibited.
5. Commercial advertising without Supporting Vendor status is prohibited
Our community relies on support from members and advertisers to cover our costs. Without their financial support, this site would not exist.
Our Supporting Vendors are reasonable to expect their competitors are not getting the same benefits without cost. This rule includes
business-related usernames, avatars, profile information, classified ads, and posts. Also prohibited are non-business members repeatedly
using the classifieds to turn a profit (for example, buying cheap ammunition and then reselling at higher prices).
If you're interested in becoming a Supporting Vendor, please see our advertising page for
7. Discussing staff issues in the open forum is prohibited
The last thing we want is people on our staff who aren't practicing what we're preaching. If you have a problem with a staff member, please use
the contact link at the bottom of the page to notify an administrator. We will review these submissions as soon as possible.
Removal of content causes numerous continuity issues for forum-based communities such as ours. In accordance with our Terms of Service, mass
removal of content is grounds for immediate and permanent account revocation.