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Arizona city’s Wild West shooting skit returns to show after accident


PHOENIX — Months after an actor was shot during an Old West re-enactment in Tombstone, the fake gunfighters are back in business after a ban on the skits was lifted.

The staple of the Wild West shows in the southern Arizona city had been sidelined since Ken Curtis was shot with a real bullet during an October performance by the nonprofit Tombstone Vigilantes.

Participants’ weapons are supposed to contain blanks.

Mayor Dusty Escapule banned shootouts from the group’s skits after the accident.

Earlier this month, the city council voted for an ordinance that required businesses to get permits for shooting re-enactments.

The ban had applied to the free gunfight shows in Tombstone’s historic district. Groups that perform daily gunfight shows on private property were excluded.

The Cochise County Attorney’s Office could still bring criminal charges against the man who shot Curtis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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