Arizona's the Best State for Gun Owners, Says Magazine Formerly Run by Man Who Shot and Killed Neighbor in Arizona
Arizona is "the best" state for gun owners, Guns & Ammo magazine says today.
Believe it or not, Guns & Ammo magazine omitted the fact that the former editor of the magazine shot and killed a man in Arizona less than a year ago.
Richard Venola was arrested by Mohave County Sheriff's deputies in May, after the former Guns & Ammo editor used a gun and ammo to shoot 39-year-old James Patrick O'Neill outside Venola's home in Golden Valley.
His trial on a second-degree murder charge ended with a hung jury.
The local paper of record, the Mohave Daily News, also reported that a deputy county attorney revealed during the trial that Venola was "extremely drunk" -- with a blood-alcohol level of .23 -- while Venola's lawyers called it self-defense, naturally.
O'Neill was unarmed, but a jury couldn't decide if Venola was guilty of murder in the second trial, either.
Guns were described as Venola's "first love" in his Guns & Ammo biography, although that online biography was changed shortly after Venola's arrest.
Today, Guns & Ammo thinks Arizona's the best state for gun owners.
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Arizona scored 49 out of 50 points possible in its ranking, in categories including laws related to concealed carry, modern sporting rifles, "Class 3" firearms, stand-your-ground laws, and miscellaneous -- which is related to "[h]ow pro-gun the state culture is."
While you might have guessed that they took off Arizona's point in the stand-your-ground category to throw a bone to their old boss, the state scored a 10 in that category, and a nine in the concealed-carry category.
Check out the entire list here.
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