It is no secret by now that Arizona has some of the laxest gun
control laws in the United States, a country already renowned for its
gun-totin' ways. Yet in the continuing aftermath of the Arizona
that left 6 people dead and a member of congress fighting for
her life, few expect
significant changes in our nation's gun control
laws. It’s not like guns are less regulated than toys. Wait, are they
writes today in the LA Times from Tombstone, Arizona—the site of the
infamous "gunfight at the OK Corral"—with another shocker: guns are
actually less regulated in Arizona today than they were in the rambling
West of yore. "Back then, Tombstone had far stricter gun control than it
does today," he writes, noting that the infamous duel was allegedly
started because some outlaws had refused to follow a local law that
banned firearms in public.
Present-day Arizona’s gun laws (or lack thereof) have been profiled extensivel
in the New York Times, among others. The state remains one of only
three states that doesn’t require a permit to carry a concealed weapon, a
state where you can bring firearms into bars and restaurants (as long
as you’re not drinking), a state where you can take your guns to work
(as long as they’re in the car) or to a school (as long as you’re in the
car and the weapon is 'unloaded').
Bob Boze Bell, the executive editor of True West Magazine
is quoted in the LA Times' article, in regards to the Old West: "You
could wear your gun into town, but you had to check it at the sheriff's
office or the Grand Hotel, and you couldn't pick it up again until you
were leaving town…It was an effort to control the violence."
Not so much anymore, it seems. If they called those allegedly lawless days the "Wild" West, what should we call it now?
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