Guns and Ammo Magazine didn’t name Arizona the best place to live for gun owners for nothing. Republican lawmakers have consistently deregulated gun ownership, making it possible to have more people carrying guns in more places with less training. That all adds up to some of the most relaxed gun laws in the country, which the magazine cited when putting out its 2013 analysis of state gun laws.Read More »
A bill before Arizona lawmakers this session renews a push to allow teachers to arm themselves in the classroom. Supporters, including Attorney General Tom Horne, say the legislation would protect children and staff in the event of a mass shooting.Read More »
A judge has dismissed federal employees from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a slain Border Patrol agent over the botched "Fast and Furious" gun operation, noting congressionally-mandated remedies are already in place for when an agent dies in the line of duty.Read More »
One day after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, thrusting the United States into World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt told the nation that Dec. 7, 1941, was “a date which will live in infamy.”
Seventy-two years later, on Dec. 7, 2013, at an event that represents the opposite of infamy — appreciation, honor and respect — Arizona dedicates its World War II memorial at the east end of Wesley Bolin Plaza. It features two huge gun barrels resting side by side — one from the USS Arizona and the other from the USS Missouri, symbolically representing the beginning and the end of World War II.
Stricter U.S. gun measures are needed to stem the flow of guns to Mexico, where the weapons are fueling violence and leaving people “under siege” with little hope of help from their government, activists said Thursday.Read More »
Arizonans find lots to criticize amidst a few glimmers of praise
A huge rise in deportations. Regulatory overreach. Borderlands decimated by off-road vehicles. Operation Fast and Furious. More than four years after Barack Obama became president, liberals and conservatives alike have lots to criticize about what has happened in Arizona during his presidency.
A new Arizona court ruling says police can take temporary custody of a person's gun for officer-safety reasons even if the person's contact with police was voluntary.Read More »
Lobbyists look back on 2013 session: Stellar year for businesses, could have been worse for environmentalists
With the unpredictable dynamics in the Legislature this year — a fractured Republican caucus tearing at each other, while the newly- empowered minority party focused mostly on one issue — some major lobbying groups at the Capitol had trouble getting their legislation through.Read More »
Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake says he wants to pass legislation expanding background checks for firearm buyers despite his recent vote against the Senate's bipartisan gun control plan.Read More »
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers gained the backing of one Republican and the potential support of a second Sunday as sponsors said the vote expected this week was too close to call.Read More »