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Giffords assures crowd at Capitol ceremony she’s 'still fighting'

Close to 100 people turned out Wednesday as lawmakers renamed a Democratic meeting room to honor Gabby Giffords and former Rep. Leo Ryan Jr., D-Calif., who was killed 39 years ago while investigating a cult in Jonestown, Guyana.... Read more»

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CBP: U.S. citizen arrested for attempting to smuggle 5 assault rifles, pistols, ammo into Mexico

Nogales-area customs officers arrested a U.S. citizen Tuesday after they found a small arsenal stashed in his vehicle, including five semi-automatic rifles, two handguns, and more than 800 rounds of ammunition. ... Read more»

'Cause of my life' - Giffords rebrands gun-control group with her name

Gabrielle Giffords is a woman of few words, but the name of the formerly voluble lawmaker speaks volumes. Tuesday, the gun-control advocacy group she founded after surviving an assassination attempt was rebranded, and now simply bears her last name.... Read more»

BP agent found guilty of stealing gun parts from federal armory

A Border Patrol agent was found guilty of stealing more than $100,000 in gun parts from a federal armory in West Virginia, including a device that modified a Glock pistol into a fully automatic weapon, and mailing them to Arizona. ... Read more»1

Giffords to Congress: ‘The nation is counting on you’ after Las Vegas

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords turned and shook her fist toward the U.S. Capitol on Monday after telling lawmakers “the nation is counting on you” to act in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.... Read more»

Reports: Recent UA grad confirmed dead in Vegas massacre

A 2017 University of Arizona graduate was among those killed in the Sunday-night attack in Las Vegas, according to news reports. Christiana Duarte, 21, who earned a bachelor's in business marketing from the UA in May, died in the mass shooting,... Read more»

Vegas massacre gunman grew up in Tucson, father was on FBI Most Wanted list

Stephen Paddock, the man who authorities say gunned down 58 people and injured hundreds in Las Vegas, spent his childhood in Tucson. His father was a former service-station owner and care salesman who broke out of prison after being convicted in a 1960 Phoenix bank robbery.... Read more»

Number of firearm background checks decline under Trump

In August 2017, Arizona saw a 12 percent decrease in gun background checks compared to August 2016. Background checks have continued to decrease since President Donald Trump has taken office.... Read more»

Quick take

Giffords: 'Know this horror & heartbreak too well'

Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords pressed lawmakers to address gun violence: "I know this feeling of heartbreak and horror too well. The massacre in Las Vegas is a grave tragedy for our nation. This must stop - we must stop this."... Read more»

Guest opinion

Romero: Arizona local officials fighting for local control, local voices

From Tucson City Councilwoman Regina Romero and other state civic leaders: There's a fight occurring across the nation that threatens the rights of local communities — and Arizona is right in the thick of it.... Read more»

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»

FactCheck

Does police acquisition of military surplus reduce crime?

In lifting the Obama-era restrictions on police acquisition of surplus military equipment, Attorney General Jeff Sessions misleadingly cited studies to claim that President Obama “went too far” and undermined public safety.... Read more»

Guest opinion

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

Phoenix leaders pledge to keep Trump rally safe

Local law enforcement leaders, school officials and businesses are bracing for President Donald Trump’s visit to Arizona on Tuesday, with public officials saying they are calmly working to avoid violent clashes between supporters and counter-protesters expected to clog downtown Phoenix.... Read more»

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»

Documenting hate

Police stood by as mayhem mounted in Charlottesville

State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson was on the scene and reports that the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles. ... Read more»

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