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Lawmakers build on state’s reputation as a great place to own guns (access required)

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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.

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Opposite of infamy: Arizona to dedicate its WWII memorial (access required)

Gun barrels from the USS Arizona (left) and the USS Missouri have taken their spots for display to the public in Wesley Bolin Plaza. The World War II artifacts will be unveiled to the public Dec. 7, ending a two-year effort by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett to save the gun barrels from the scrap heap. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

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.

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Obama’s impact (access required)

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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.

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