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Kirkpatrick taking more open approach on guns

Kirkpatrick taking more open approach on guns

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick was a supporter of gun owners' rights when she first served in Congress, but the recently re-elected Flagstaff Democrat is not making blanket statements supporting all such rights since the December school shooting in Connecticut.

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Border agents in fatal shooting had radio contact

This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows Border Patrol agent Nicolas Ivie. Ivie was shot to death Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico line, the first fatal shooting of an agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits that spawned congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling investigation. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Three U.S. Border Patrol agents responding to an alarm from a motion sensor were apparently in radio contact as they approached from opposite directions before opening fire on each other in the Arizona desert, leaving one agent dead, according to a sheriff's report released Friday.

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Few see increase in civility following Giffords’ shooting (access required)

The January shooting in Tucson, which occurred just two days before the 2011 legislative session began, inspired soul searching among rattled and emotional lawmakers, who pledged a new era of civility across the partisan divide. Others vowed drastic changes to Arizona’s laws on guns and mental health in response to a mass shooting carried out by a man with documented-but-untreated mental health problems.

But while some lawmakers say the lessons of Jan. 8 stayed with them through sine die, most have seen few changes.

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