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In Arizona and Connecticut, disparate responses to mass shootings

Posted August 1, 2014

By Sarah Ferris and Jessica Boehm

Four months after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers banned 115 types of semiautomatic firearms. Four months after the shooting of a congresswoman and a federal judge in Tucson, lawmakers in Arizona declared the Colt Single Action Army Revolver the official state gun.

The similarities in the attacks were striking: Both were carried out by heavily armed young men with histories of mental illness. But in the aftermath of the tragedies, the states took radically different approaches on gun violence.

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Jessica Boehm is a News21 Hearst Fellow.

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