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Critics: Hunters’ rights is wrong argument for bill allowing silencers

Gun-control advocates blasted a hunters’ rights bill in a House hearing Tuesday, calling it little more than a “cowardly” attempt to ease restrictions on silencers and armor-piercing bullets being pushed by the gun lobby. ... Read more»

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Kozachik: Ruling on Tucson gun policy undermines cities' local sovereignty

From Councilman Steve Kozachik: "Every city and town in this state lost its sovereignty through this decision. That means to me that every constituent I represent across this city has now seen our ability to establish local laws that reflect the values of this community placed at risk."... Read more»3

Az Supreme Court orders Tucson to stop destroying guns

Tucson cannot destroy confiscated guns, because it violates a state law against local governments regulating the weapons, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.... Read more»

Giffords joins Democrats accusing Trump, GOP of pandering to NRA

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday to accuse Republicans of pandering to the gun lobby with bills to do away with gun-free school zones and deregulate silencers, among other measures.... Read more»

Arizona gun sales start to climb after January’s Trump slump

Gun sales in Arizona have started to rebound after a brief January slump that experts attribute to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Another good guy with gun takes others with him

"How could this happen here?" Statistically there are probably about 1 million guns in Tucson and the good guys who own them can have very bad moments. I don't expect the weekend's La Encantada murder-suicide to score a blow for gun control, but it's time to bury the bumper-sticker slogan.... Read more»2

Legislative roundup: More guns and some not so nice things

By mid-day in the beginning of March, it’s already too warm to spend much time outside in Phoenix, but you wouldn’t know that at the state Legislature. Senators, representatives, interns and pages are all working from 9 a.m. to well into the evening, blocking off most of the sun-lit hours. Gov. Doug Ducey has finally started signing bills into law, and the late-night marathon sessions have given legislators dozens of bills to read every day.... Read more»

Az lawmaker wants to allow people to shoot rat and snake shot within city limits

It’s been illegal to fire a weapon within city limits in Arizona since 2000. One state rep. wants to tweak that statute – commonly referred to as “Shannon’s Law” – and add an exemption for people to shoot rat or snake shot. Tucson resident Charles Heller, a spokesman for a gun-rights group, supports the bill and said shooting snakes has been a long-time practice here.... Read more»

Legislative roundup: Tanning, guns, tuition costs

This was the busiest week yet this session for Arizona lawmakers, with committee hearings taking hours and bills vetted by the dozens. The week on the capitol began graced with dozens of Arizona firefighters spotting the mall, and ended with a farmers market. Somewhere in between, a mini horse trotted across the Rose Garden to lobby for service animals.... Read more»

Trump talk of eliminating gun-free schools a long shot, experts say

Charles Heller embraces Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate gun-free zones on school campuses, a move he sees as “really restoring a freedom, not eliminating anything.” But the Tucson resident acknowledges that legal and political realities will likely keep Arizona schools gun-free for the foreseeable future.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

City gun destruction lawsuit on shaky legal ground

The city of Tucson is taking the state to court over the right to destroy guns in what could be a landmark case to decide who runs what in Arizona. God bless 'em. I like the gumption as much as I question their chances.... Read more»2

Giffords, Kelly take 'Vocal Majority' gun-control tour to Washington

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, joined other gun-control activists in Washington on Thursday to demand reform from Congress and encourage voters to elect lawmakers, beginning with the White House, who will enact what they call sensible gun safety laws.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Az's high priest of the Holy Handgun commands obedience to the faith

The worship of firepower matters to Tucson because here in Arizona the gun is that which cannot be destroyed, and that fact may just cost the city our share of state sales tax revenue. That would be a $178 million hit.... Read more»1

Family files suit over gun instructor's killing at Arizona range

The family of an Arizona gun instructor fatally shot by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi submachine gun in 2014 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the range and its owner, an attorney confirmed on Monday. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Police are not being shot at record levels

Donald Trump wrongly said that “they’re shooting our police at record levels.” The record for police firearm deaths, and deaths of officers overall, in recent decades was set in the 1970s. ... Read more»

Giffords’ endorsement of Clinton ‘very, very emotional’ for convention audience

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords veered from her usual theme against gun violence to add her endorsement of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in an address to the Democratic National Convention that one Arizona lawmaker called “very, very emotional.”... Read more»

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