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Recreational shooter Donnie Miller at Table Mesa Recreation Area in a February photo. Arizona’s gun culture and many opportunities for shooting were two factors that helped it win a top ranking for gun owners.

For the third straight year, Arizona was ranked best state in the nation for gun owners by Guns and Ammo magazine, which praised the state’s self-defense and carry laws, its shooting sports and strong gun culture. Read more»

Mejdrich poses with her new concealed weapons permit.

I’m a 22-year-old woman who has never touched a gun in her life, but obtaining a concealed weapons permit in Arizona took me little more than a lunch break and $100. Read more» 12

Arizona recently loosened its restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon. But owning and bearing arms, with or without a hall pass, is no substitute for the vigilance required to participate in government. Read more»