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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Could Naming An Official State Firearm (Colt Single Action Army Revolver) Be Answer To Arizona's Budget Woes?

Could Naming An Official State Firearm (Colt Single Action Army Revolver) Be Answer To Arizona's Budget Woes?  Well, why not?  I promise, the first thought when I saw the headline on the Arizona Daily Star's website ("Bill would make Colt Arizona's official firearm") was that this was a clever way to take a shot at reducing Arizona's budget hole.  It just had to be one of those pesky public-private sponsorship-type deals to bring in some needed revenue.  (Sure, the caliber of the deal would not be likely to put the deficit to rest, but think of the marketing.  Think of the ads on Bloomberg TV.  Think of....)

Alas, it is not to be.  The Howard Fischer story shows that Sen. Ron Gould has no intention of using this potentially-great new revenue source.  Instead, he is apparently simply trying to make a (half-cocked) statement about his love of guns, the NRA and the 2nd Amendment. 



It is a simple bill that Gould, Russell Pearce and others - he really should have given it to Sens. (Steve) Smith & (Don) Shooter to be the primary sponsors - have put forward: "The Colt Single Action Army Revolver is the official state firearm." 

That is it.  But, what an opportunity wasted.  It is only being heard in committee today; perhaps, someone can still call Colt Manufacturing Co. - which is still serving up these as collector's items - and ask them to pony up to the Governor's yet-to-be-established budget security fund.




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