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NRA gun safety class for Arizona schools one step closer to becoming law

A Republican bill sponsored by Rep. Quang Nguyen that would require a National Rifle Association gun safety course for Arizona middle and high school students is now one vote away from Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk. ... Read more»

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Bill would bring NRA gun safety classes into all Arizona schools

A Republican bill that would require a National Rifle Association gun safety course - deemed largely ineffective in real-world scenarios by the American Academy of Pediatrics - for Arizona middle- and high school students passed out of committee Monday evening. ... Read more»

2021: A year pierced by gunfire on school grounds

While the pandemic effectively stopped school shootings in 2020 because of remote learning, the violence picked right back up in 2021 when students returned to the classroom. ... Read more»

No permit, no problem: More states allow residents to carry hidden guns

21 states now no longer require residents to hold a permit to carry a concealed firearm, eliminating the previous requirements for gun owners to take gun safety and training classes and undergo a background check.... Read more»

'Be bold. Be courageous': Gabby Giffords opens Gun Violence Memorial in LA

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was gravely wounded in a 2011 shooting, dedicated the Los Angeles Gun Violence Memorial, in Expedition Park near the Coliseum, with a call to action. ... Read more»

Analysis

First major 2nd Amendment case before the Supreme Court in over a decade could topple gun restrictions

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»

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»

Amid pandemic, gun control advocates celebrate wins on NRA’s home turf

Taking time out from overseeing Virginia’s response to the pandemic, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed a slate of bills: requiring universal background checks on firearm purchases, restricting handgun purchases to one a month and allowing law enforcement to seize guns from people who may be a risk to themselves or others.... Read more»

Gun sales rose to record levels in March, as COVID-19 fears climbed

Arizona processed a record 82,771 background checks on would-be gun buyers in March, as fears of the coronavirus drove people to gun shops in what one shop owner called “panic time.” ... 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»

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»

In wake of mass shootings, most voters support assault weapons ban

A poll released Wednesday found that a majority of Republicans support legislation banning assault weapons in the United States, a sentiment that contradicts President Donald Trump’s statements that there is no “political appetite” for such a ban. ... Read more»

Partisan House vote renews Violence Against Women Act; Senate fate unclear

Two months after it let the Violence Against Women Act lapse, the House voted to renew the 25-year-old law that extends protections for victims of domestic violence.... Read more»

Efforts mounting to bar gun possession by those convicted of animal cruelty

Scientific and anecdotal evidence suggests that a person who abuses animals also has a higher likelihood of hurting other people, so state and federal level are pushing to slap a no-gun penalty on anyone convicted of animal cruelty. ... Read more»

‘We deserve better:’ 17-year-old activist joins legislators calling for gun control laws

High-school student Jordan Harb, flanked by Arizona lawmakers and a representative for the state school board, delivered a gun control message on Monday: “We want our lives taken into account.”... Read more»

Guest opinion

Automatic & semi-auto weapons belong in war not neighborhoods

Those who have been trained in the infantry or served in combat know powerful weapons are designed for just one thing — killing, as fast and as many people as possible. ... Read more»

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