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Why 18-year-olds in Texas can buy AR-15s but not handguns

The massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, highlights disparities in how federal laws regulate rifles and handguns - the shooter bought two rifles days after his 18th birthday but under federal law, Americans buying handguns must be at least 21.... Read more»

5 gun bills – 3 from Democrats – are on different paths in the Arizona Legislature

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»

Arizona, U.S. gun sales set record in 2020, driven by pandemic, protests, politics

Background checks for gun purchases in Arizona hit their highest level ever in 2020, driven by an unprecedented convergence of a pandemic, a summer of national unrest and a presidential election, experts said.... Read more»

Sen. McSally, Mark Kelly clash over issues from COVID-19 to border security in debate

Kelly and McSally wielded the usual disdain of political opponents, accusing one another of misleading Arizonans while outlining their own familiar campaign stances in a debate that offered few surprises.... Read more»

Report: Phoenix sixth-highest metro area in nation for gun suicides

The Phoenix metro area had the sixth-highest rate of firearm suicides among the nation’s urban areas, according to a new report tying the availability of guns to the prevalence of firearm suicides.... Read more»

Az lawmaker brings personal story, gun-reform plea to Washington

State Rep. Jennifer Longdon, D-Phoenix, didn’t need to tell congressional lawmakers Thursday about the harm firearms can do: She showed them, when she rolled her wheelchair into a House hearing on the costs of gun violence.... Read more»

Giffords report claims gun violence in Arizona costs state billions

A new report claims that Arizona loses as much as $1.9 billion every year to costs directly associated with gun violence, from lost wages to expenses on everything from health care to police and criminal justice. ... Read more»