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Arizona Gun Culture

Photographer: Jim Lo Scalzo


Twice a year, gun enthusiasts from across the US gather at a remote location in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert for an unusual opportunity: the chance to fire machine guns, anti-aircraft guns, and even a M18 Hellcat tank at an event called the Big Sandy Machine Gun Shoot. In just 48 hours visitors fire off many as 3.5 million rounds, and in the process celebrate a constitutional privilege they hold dear: the right to keep and bear arms.