House Vote to make One Gun Official State Firearm Getting Some Negative Reactions

Phoenix, AZ – The proposal would give that designation to the Colt single
action Army revolver. Todd Rathner, who lobbies for the Arizona
State Rifle and Pistol Association as well as Colt Manufacturing,
said the gun played a prime role in the settling of state. But
Rep. Albert Hale said that ignore the fact that there were people
here long before this was Arizona.

(If you want to symbolize something and shove that something,
that symbol in their faces, this is what it is, because the gun
symbolizes the extinction, the extermination of those Indians who
were here. That's what I see. That's what I hear.)

Rep. Eddie Farnsworth said he sees it from a different
perspective as someone who was raised riding horses and dealing
with cattle.

(And the gun was a very important part of that. I recognize the
challenges that went on, some of the atrocities that went on. But
I don't think that that's what this is, is a manifestation or
celebration of those atrocities. It's a recognition that gun
played a major role in this state, even outside the conflicts
between the Indians and those cowboys that were here.)

The 5-4 vote by the Judiciary Committee sends the bill to the
full House. For Arizona Public Radio this is Howard Fischer.