Hiker Shot at South Mountain was on "Max Delta" Trail, Lawyer Says

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A sign next to a trail used by hikers at South Mountain Park, and downrange from a shooting club, appears to be scarred by a bullet hole.
A hiker shot at South Mountain Park in February had been on a maintained trail just south of a public shooting range, the man's lawyer says.

The bullet passed through the right leg of Thomas Sawyer, 35, and lodged in his left thigh. He's recovering. But his lawyer, Garvey Biggers, warns the range's proximity to hiking trails is a danger to all park visitors. He supplied the above photograph of a city warning sign, reportedly taken from a few feet away on the Max Delta Trail. It appears to be scarred by a bullet hole.

"He went down like a bighorn sheep," Biggers says of Sawyer, who's hired him to look into the situation.

Phoenix police seem to support the notion that the trail, which a report on the incident states is open "for anybody to hike on" poses a hazard because it's down-range from shooters.

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Columbia Journalism School to Host One-Sided Gun-Training Camp for Reporters in Phoenix

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The prestigious Columbia Journalism School is offering a one-sided, two-day training camp about guns next month in Phoenix for select reporters across the country.

"Covering Guns and Gun Violence," hosted by the school's Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and funded by ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, offers 30 select reporters "specialized reporting skills training to enhance the practical ability of journalists to report on guns and gun violence knowledgeably, ethically, and effectively."

Conservative pundits weighing in on the two-day seminar in the past few weeks have deemed the program biased.

After reviewing the speaker lineup and talking on Thursday with the Dart Center's director, Bruce Shapiro, we see their point.

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Arizona House Committee OKs Proposal to Block Federal Gun Laws

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An Arizona House committee passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit state agencies and employees from enforcing any new federal "act, law, order, rule or regulation" restricting gun ownership or ammunition.

Senate Bill 1330 prevents the federal government from forcing Arizona to use resources and manpower to enforce federal laws, said state Senator Kelli Ward (R-Lake Havasu City), who introduced the legislation. It does not, however, block state agencies from "voluntarily" entering into agreements.

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Five Reasons Sawed-Off Shotguns Should Be Legal in Arizona

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On Monday, the Arizona State Senate approved a bill amendment that would legalize nunchuks, firearm silencers, and sawed-off shotguns.

Since silencers don't work Hollywood-style and most people wielding nunchuks are more likely to injury their testicles than an assault victim, it's the sawed-off shotgun part that really got our attention.

Sawed-off shotguns -- officially, any shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches -- are the sort of badass Wild West weapon every resident needs. We can think of at least five reasons your state should let you own one:

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Phoenix Man Accused of Smuggling Guns to Romania

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Homeland Security agents busted Florin Ianc on Tuesday as he tried to smuggle two high-tech ATN ThOR 320 night-vision scopes into Mexico, with the ultimate destination being Romania.
A Romanian citizen who lives in Phoenix smuggled firearms and night-vision scopes over a period of several years from Arizona to his home country, federal authorities say.

Florin Ianc, 42, drew attention to himself with a claim that his truck had been stolen after he'd filled it with numerous guns he'd just bought at Cabela's in Glendale.

That suspicion led to the criminal complaint filed by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations this week that accuses Ianc of trying to smuggle two high-tech rifle scopes into Mexico on Tuesday through the international border at Lukeville.

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ASU Police Officers Have 70 Semi-Automatic M-16s They Don't Need

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One of the 70 semi-automatic M-16s acquired by the ASU police department, which has 71 sworn officers.
Arizona State University police obtained 70 semi-automatic M-16s from a military program in 2013 that the force doesn't actually need.

The ASU police department has 71 sworn officers, according to its website, meaning the junior-league offshoot of the state Department of Public Safety has upped its firepower potential considerably.

But with no invasion of ISIL shock troops imminent, nor any need to take over ASU's campus by force, the rifles are about as useful as a chainsaw in a kitchen knife set.

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Arizona Lawmaker Proposes Ban on Giving Machine Guns to Children

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An Uzi submachine gun.
After a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed a shooting instructor with an Uzi in Mohave County last week, an Arizona lawmaker is proposing a ban on giving machine guns to children.

"I cannot believe we need a law like this, but we do," Democratic Representative Victoria Steele tells New Times.

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Airport AR-15 Display "Entirely Political," Says Peter Steinmetz, Brain Researcher

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Attorney Marc Victor (left) and Peter Steinmetz (right).
Peter Steinmetz says he was just trying to make a political point when he brought a fully loaded AR-15 into the airport on July 25, but he won't repeat the act.

Police arrested the Barrow Neurological Institute brain researcher on suspicion of disorderly conduct with a firearm, alleging the muzzle of Steinmetz's rifle was pointed briefly at two women. No word has come from Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery about any criminal charges.

"I wanted to help educate the public and employees at the airport ... by allowing them to observe a peaceful person responsibly carrying an AR-15 while doing things that people normally do there, like waiting and drinking a coffee," Steinmetz said on Monday at his lawyer's office, adding that he was "careful to ensure my firearm was never pointed at anyone."

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Peter Steinmetz, AR-15-Toting Barrow Scientist, to Hold News Conference on Monday

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Peter Steinmetz, the brain scientist arrested last week after bringing an AR-15 to the airport, plans to address reporters at a Monday news conference.

Steinmetz is scheduled to appear and give a public statement at 3 p.m. Monday at the law office of Marc Victor, 3920 South Alma School Road, Suite 5, in Chandler. He will appear alongside Victor.

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Barrow Neurological Institute Puts Peter Steinmetz, AR-15-Toting Doctor, On Leave

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The Barrow Neurological Institute has put its gun-toting brain scientist, Peter Steinmetz, on leave from his job.

Steinmetz made national headlines after he was arrested on Friday for mishandling a fully loaded AR-15 he'd brought with him to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Apparently, the gun-rights advocate was just trying to make a point about the legality of bringing a gun to the airport. But the incident has led to problems with his job as director of the Barrow's Neuroengineering/Human Neurophysiology Laboratory.

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