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Anti-gun groups have lobbied Pima County to stop gun shows at the Pima County Fairgrounds, but the county attorney’s office instructed the county board last year that it had 'little authority' to stop the Southwestern Fair Commission from allowing gun shows at the fairgrounds.

A bill that already garnered approval in the state Senate would bar Arizona municipalities from banning gun shows - and one of the bill’s proponents warned the legislature could “make lives unpleasant” for municipalities that choose to do so, even if the bill never becomes law. Read more»

The executive order is already drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Tuesday expanding the number of background checks conducted before gun sales, imposing harsher penalties on violations of federal firearms law and directing a study of how firearm manufacturers market to minors. Read more»

At present, federal law prohibits persons subject to final – rather than temporary – domestic violence protection orders from purchasing or possessing firearms.

A recent Supreme Court ruling which held that a firearm restriction must be analogous to laws in existence when the country was founded is the basis for recent rulings that struck down the federal law prohibiting guns for people subject to domestic violence protection orders. Read more»

Confusion in the lower courts could mean the Supreme Court will have to take up this issue again to clarify how its new test should be applied.

Gun regulations preventing domestic abusers from possessing firearms were shot down on Thursday at the Fifth Circuit not because modern society deems them unnecessary but because the founding generation did. Read more»

Arizona's Gov. Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, will face a GOP-controlled legislature that has already announced a lawsuit over her actions the first week on the job.

Divided rule used to be common in the states: State legislators worked across the aisle and with governors to get things done - but on many issues, bipartisanship in states is increasingly rare — because it’s increasingly unnecessary. Read more»

Republican Juan Ciscomani.

Republican Juan Ciscomani, former adviser to Gov. Doug Ducey, is running for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s redrawn 6th Congressional District on a conservative platform that includes securing the border and fighting “the radical left.” Read more»

U.S. District Judge David Counts ruled Monday that it is no longer constitutional to ban people under felony indictment from buying guns, based on a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling from June that held that courts should uphold gun restrictions only if there is a tradition of them. Read more»

Ghost guns are sold in parts without serial numbers or background checks to be assembled by the user.

The creator of machines that allows people to build their own firearms, including AK-47 assault riffles, went to court to fight two new California laws that criminalize the use of its equipment to make so-called ghost guns and make challenges to the state's gun laws potentially more costly. Read more»

The Supreme Court split on party lines in a ruling that says New York unconstitutionally restricted who can carry a concealed weapon in public, stating "the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense.” Read more»

Among some gun-safety groups there were voices still holding out hope that the conservative justices expressed enough hesitation not to totally do away with all regulations and keep some limits on publicly carrying guns.

New York gun restrictions on who can qualify to get a concealed-carry license drew sharp questions Wednesday at Supreme Court oral arguments, suggesting similar laws across the country could soon find themselves in a cascade of dominoes. Read more»

States have found it challenging to pass measures that confiscate firearms from those who may be a harm to themselves or others.

Most of the 19 states that have red flag laws adopted them after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida—a tragedy that could have been prevented if the state had a red flag law, but that momentum has petered out as national pressure for gun restrictions has waned. Read more»

The Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, expected by mid-2022, could declare a New York state restriction on carrying concealed handguns in public places unconstitutional - which could loosen gun regulations in many parts of the country. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shakes hands with Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., after a news conference in which she joined Democratic lawmakers who called on Congress to pass a background checks bill.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded by a gunman in a 2011 mass shooting, joined congressional Democrats Wednesday to call for Senate action on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, a House bill that would stiffen checks on gun buyers. Read more»

President Joe Biden on April 7 introduced executive orders that address gun violence as a public health epidemic, but national reforms have, historically, been unsuccessful.

Arizona has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation, built on a pioneer, conservative ethos of Second Amendment rights. That has meant most Arizona adults can openly carry weapons into many public and private spaces. Arizona also is the hub of a national gun-reform group, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, named after U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was gravely injured in a mass shooting outside a Tucson grocery store in 2011. At least five gun bills introduced in the Legislature show the tension between the poles of conservative and progressive viewpoints. Read more»

Within 60 days, the Justice Department will publish model red flag legislation for states.

The Department of Justice will distribute model “red flag” legislation to states so they can enact laws that would allow courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is distressed, according to senior Biden administration officials. Read more»

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