Legal Again To Carry Guns In OK Corral Town
TOMBSTONE, Ariz. (AP) _ It’s legal once again to strap a six-gun to your hip and stride down the wooden sidewalks of this old Wild West town where Wyatt Earp shot it out at the OK Corral.
The City Council in ″the town too tough to die″ has settled a lawsuit backed by the National Rifle Association and repealed its ban on carrying guns in public.
The ordinance was adopted in 1977 for fear that the mock gunfights staged regularly to entertain tourists could lead to real bloodshed. Folks were worried that someone packing iron could be spooked into drawing when the actors start firing blanks, Mayor Alex Gradillas explained Tuesday.
″Now everybody’s kind of leery, because anybody can be carrying loaded guns if they wish,″ Gradillas said.
The council’s unanimous vote Monday to repeal the gun ban brings the town’s law in line with the rest of Arizona, which allows anyone to carry a gun anywhere in public as long as it’s carried openly.
Earp, a deputy city marshal, was in part enforcing an earlier no-guns law when he, brothers Virgil and Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday shot it out with the Clanton gang, killing Billy Clanton and Tom and Frank McLaury on Oct. 26, 1881.
A crew was in town this week filming a TV movie remake of the old ABC series ″The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.″ The cast includes Hugh O’Brian reprising his starring role, with Bruce Boxleitner and Harry Carey Jr.
Tombstone’s political gunfight began in 1992, when three residents began agitating against it. They ten sued, backed by the legal arm of the NRA.