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* Arizona gun laws … the most lenient in the country … were relaxed further in 2010 when Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a National Rifle Association-backed bill repealing a state law requiring gun owners to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 10, 2011


Arizona Gov. Brewer, the NRA, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords


James V. Grimaldi and Fredrick Kunkle write in the Washington Post (1/10/11) …

  • When Jared Lee Loughner went to the Sportsman’s Warehouse outlet on Nov. 30, he faced few obstacles to walking away with a Glock 19 semiautomatic handgun. Loughner was making the purchase in Arizona, a state with an Old West culture where gun laws are among the most lenient in the United States.
  • The 22-year-old passed an instant background check required under federal law for all gun buyers, said Reese Widmer, manager of the Tucson store. A law enacted last year allowed Loughner to conceal and carry the pistol without a permit.
  • Arizona gun laws, which have been criticized by gun-control groups, permit any law-abiding resident older than 18 to buy or possess a firearm. To buy a handgun, as opposed to a rifle or shotgun, federal law requires the buyer to be at least 21.
  • Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik, a chief law enforcement official in the area where the shooting spree occurred, on Sunday criticized unfettered freedom to carry guns in Arizona.
  • “I have never been a proponent of letting everybody in this state carry weapons under any circumstances that they want,” said Dupnik, a Democrat. “And that’s almost where we are.”
  • Dupnik criticized lawmakers who proposed a bill in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings to allow students and teachers to carry guns to class.
  • “That’s the ridiculous state to where we have become,” he said.

Arizona gun laws were relaxed further in 2010

when Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a National Rifle Association-backed bill

repealing a state law requiring gun owners

to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Brewer’s predecessor, Janet Napolitano (D),

now secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,

had previously vetoed attempts

to toss out the concealed-carry permit law.

  • The new law won praise from gun groups.
  • “This is a major victory for gun owners in Arizona,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s political arm in Washington, said at the time. “The NRA is also grateful . . . for this measure making Arizona the third state in the nation behind Vermont and Alaska to offer its residents a constitutional carry option.”
  • The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has given Arizona among the poorest ratings of any state.



12 Responses to “* Arizona gun laws … the most lenient in the country … were relaxed further in 2010 when Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a National Rifle Association-backed bill repealing a state law requiring gun owners to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.”

  1. Pitbull 77 said

    The wonderful gun control crowd. Mindless garbage shoved down peoples throats concerning firearms. All over this country our 2nd amendment rights are restricted. Some states and cities are worse than others. The concept of limiting the 2nd amendment rights of law abiding citizens because a maniac goes on a rampage. I know CRIMINALS OBEY ALL gun laws, so I guess we need more! Give me a break, what a JOKE!!!!!! As far as sick maniacs going on rampages, unfortunately it’s something that happens. I believe that if more people were armed it would make it safer for everyone. When Loughner was going on his rampage,an armed, law abiding citizen could have taken him out before more people were killed or hurt! On a college campus one armed student(let alone several) could stop a maniac before another campus massacre could occur. Use your brain, stop and think about this mindless gun control poison before you buy into it!!!!!!

    • Lew Weinstein said

      So you see no point in prohibiting the purchase of automatic weapons with large ammo clips by people with a record of criminal behavior and/or mental illness?

  2. JTaylor said

    As usual republicans want all men, women , and children armed without any laws since they claim this will make us safer. Right maybe at the OK CORAL!

  3. Jonathan said

    Would it be fair to say that allowing unfettered access to handguns is bad if more people are killed because of this than are saved by having a gun for protection? There are certainly statistics showing the number of handgun deaths in the United States each year – intentional and accidental. What number of people are saved from death (or even property loss) because they legally own a handgun? I believe, and await data to prove me wrong, that tens of thousands more are killed each year than are saved.

    The same approach would make it even clearer that gun laws protecting the rights of individuals to own automatic weapons, armor-piercing bullets, etc. result in more unnecessary carnage than they protect from the same.

    The hypothetical protection that comes from handgun ownership pales in comparison to the actual deaths that result from the easy access to firearms.

    • chris said

      Register Mental patient and criminals and leave everyone else alone. It’s a right! Armor piercing ammo is illegal, machine guns are heavily regulated and taxed, The protection an individual gets from the use of firearm is not hypothetical its real.

  4. Lew Weinstein said

    You’re still not addressing the specific issue in this case. Do you think there should be laws and procedures to prevent mentally deranged persons from purchasing, owning and carrying guns? Yes or No?

  5. Chris said

    NRA and others are not against all gun laws and have supported some ineffective laws in the past. You may not get a driver license if you are blind when you apply; but they will not retest seniors who loose their peripheral vision. That would discriminate. You do not have a right to have a drivers license but you do have a right to a gun. The right to arms is what protects people every day. You won’t hear about it because it doesn’t play to the anti gun message. Today you have politicians calling for new gun laws, Brady campaign and handgun violence trying to raise funds on the heels of this shooting. But this is not outrageous to you?

  6. Chris said

    Once again you take a tragedy and use for political play. Well played but not very original.

    • Lew Weinstein said

      A refusal to recognize that gun policies you support lead to automatic weapons in the hands of deranged persons who are susceptible to the vicious rants of right wing politicians and radio hosts.

      • Chris said

        What gun control policies do is make some feel good but does little in stopping crimes.
        I need not be led by “Vicious rants of radio host” because I have a mind and I think and reason for myself.
        You are just as guilty of spewing hatred and rants.
        Who wants a crazy person to own arms?
        None however you can not tread on individual liberties because of some that would abuse such liberties.
        What that person did is a crime.

      • Lew Weinstein said

        If we don’t want deranged people to be able to purchase guns, don’t you think it would be a good idea to try to pass laws that would accomplish that? If the NRA and others weren’t against ALL gun laws, perhaps we could take a more balanced look at our objectives. If you’re blind, you can’t get a driver’s license. If you’re deranged, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun. Don’t you agree with that?

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