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Tombstone: America's Second Amendment City

Posted at 10:26 PM, Jan 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-08 00:26:57-05

Many know Tombstone, Arizona as the town too tough to die. Now, the Mayor of the city wants to add a title for people across the country to see.

Tombstone, Arizona: America's Second Amendment City.

"What I want to do is get across to the people of America is that Tombstone, out here, one of the old Pioneer, true West cities is willing to step up and say yes, we're a second amendment city in America," Mayor Dustin Escapule said.

He explained the idea was brought to him about a week ago -- and he decided to run with it and make an official proclamation. Escapule says he's received a lot of positive feedback.

"The citizens of Tombstone are accustomed to having firearms around," he said. "If you look up and down the street, most of the guys are carrying a gun."

The mayor explained having the right to bear arms was crucial in forming the city back in the 1800s, but remains so today. He believes people that live cities in rural areas that aren't very easy to access -- like Tombstone -- need the right to protect themselves. In Tombstone's case, it's close proximity to the border is another reason why.

"We have drug runners going through here, we have the coyotes carrying the illegal aliens in," he said. "And you know, it's not uncommon to hear that somebody has been accosted."

Mayor Escapule plans on making this proclamation on Tuesday night, and expects that the City Council will approve it that evening.