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Guns blazing: Another bar shooting raises concerns

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Tourists gather eagerly outside the historic O.K. Corral, drawn by the promise of “Gunfights Daily!” Billboards entering Tombstone advertise the lawless intrigue, drama and violence of Old West culture. And yet, beneath the magnetism of local lore, America’s Second Amendment City grapples with striking a balance between real and re-enacted violence. As of Jan. 29, the small town has played host to its second shooting in almost as many months. According to Tombstone Marshal’s Office press releases, the shootings on both Jan. 29 and Oct. 13, 2017, took place outside the Doc Holliday’s Saloon and occurred as a result of ineffective gun policies in the bar. Both incidents resulted in leg wounds. “The issue in both cases was that patrons were allowed to carry weapons into the bar, drink, and then leave with their weapon the same day,” Tombstone...

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