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In what resembled a Western shoot-out, the Arizona House narrowly approved a bill calling for the Colt Single Action Army Revolver to join the ranks of the bola tie, turquoise, the cactus wren and a handful of other items as official emblems of this desert Southwest state.

The proposal was shot down once in the early hours, but backers were able to muster enough support the second time to pass the measure by a 32 to 25 vote.

“Anytime you see a Western movie, the revolver in John Wayne’s hand is a Colt single action,” Senator Ron Gould, the bill’s sponsor, told Reuters late Tuesday. “This is a historic firearm and it fits well with the story of Arizona.”

Source: David Schwartz for Reuters.

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