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Giffords back on Capitol Hill to push for vote on gun background checks

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined Democratic congressional leaders Thursday to demand that the Senate allow a vote on a bill that toughens background checks for gun purchasers.... Read more»

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Sandy Hook dad dead in suicide was Sabino, UA grad

Jeremy Richman, the father of a Newtown school massacre victim, was found dead of a suicide Monday morning. Richman, 49, grew up in Tucson, graduating from Sabino High School and the University of Ariznoa.... Read more»

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Rothschild on NZ attack: 'Hate can be defeated by truth, reason & love'

"50 are dead in this latest attack on peace, on religion, on innocence, on brotherhood, on civilization itself. Hate is a powerful emotion. But it can be defeated by societies that are committed to truth, reason, and love." — Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild... Read more»

9th Circuit says Tucson woman can use battered woman syndrome as defense in gun case

A federal appeals court ordered a new trial for a Tucson woman, saying she was wrongly denied the chance to present evidence of battered woman syndrome in her defense against weapons charges.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

On guard: Watch out for conspiracy theories morphing into voter suppression moves

Voters need to be on guard in 2019 for the Legislature confusing contentiousness in this election with fantasies of conspiracies, and enacting laws to artificially maintain their power through voter suppression. ... Read more»

Deadly U.S. shootings rise in 2015-16 after steady declines

A two-year Centers for Disease Control study found gun deaths by suicide and homicide surpassed 71,000, an increase reversing a decades-long trend.... Read more»

Photos: 1,000 Tucsonans light candles, pray for Pittsburgh shooting victims

At least 1,000 Tucsonans gathered at the Jewish Community Center on Monday night, holding a vigil for the victims of the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend. ... Read more»

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Rothschild: Are we up to the task of defeating poisonous ideology of white supremacy?

"My father served in World War II to defeat Nazis and their poisonous ideology. Lately I’ve wondered if our generation is up to the same task." — Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, at a vigil for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack.... Read more»1

Former DEA agent pleads guilty to selling firearms without license

A former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency pleaded guilty in Tucson's federal court on Tuesday to illegally selling firearms without a license. ... Read more»

2 men face trial after ammo smuggling results in car fire

A Phoenix man will face trial in federal court in Tucson for attempting to smuggle thousands of rounds and parts for machine guns into Mexico; a scheme that was uncovered when the ammo, stashed in the engine compartment, began to cook off, igniting his vehicle. ... Read more»

Ducey touts Az border-crime effort at made-for-campaign event

Gov. Doug Ducey, in an event staged for campaign cameras, said Wednesday that Arizona will spend $2.9 million in fiscal 2019 on the multiagency "Arizona Border Strike Force" effort to stop drug trafficking and human smuggling at the border.... Read more»

Flags at half-staff for slain Capital Gazette journalists

U.S. flags have been ordered flown at half-staff through sunset on Tuesday to honor the journalists killed last week in Maryland, after the Trump administration first denied a request for such a proclamation.... Read more»

School resource officers called a key safety tool, but critics fear discrimination

In the nationwide, student-led push for changes to gun policy change after a school shooting Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, Toves and other school resource officers have come into the public spotlight. While Democrats have emphasized gun control measures to improve school safety, Republicans, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, have pushed for more security, including funding for law enforcement officers on campus.... Read more»

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It's time to rename KGUN

As hundreds of thousands participated in the March for Our Lives over the weekend, here in Tucson we got news of the protests from our local television station and ABC affiliate: KGUN. We can do better, Tucson.... Read more»3

Photos: Thousands attend March for Our Lives in Tucson

More than 3,000 people, including students, teachers and parents, attended the March for Our Lives in Tucson, assembling in Downtown to walk two miles to the University of Arizona, demonstrating against gun violence.... Read more»

Tucson firearms dealer gets 6.5 years for trafficking guns to Mexican cartels

A Tucson man was sentenced last week to 78 months in federal prison for his role in a gun-running operation that included a former Tucson police officer. Timothy Veninga, holder of a Federal Firearms License, worked to send at least 31 guns to Mexican drug cartels, officials said.... Read more»

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