Late Saturday afternoon, CNN was reporting that Loughner of the Tucson area had been detained in association with the attack and that a weapon had been recovered.
Loughner, 22, does not have a serious police record beyond a handful of traffic violations. A source familiar with Loughner’s record also said he had been detained in 2009 by police for unknown reasons and that charges were never filed against him.
Little is known at this point about Loughner. However, a YouTube channel that purports to be Loughner’s included rhetoric about immigration and “big government.”
Last summer Arizona joined Vermont and Alaska as being the only states in the nation that do not require a permit to carry a concealed weapon. MSNBC has reported that Loughner used a 9mm Glock in his attack.
Although much of Arizona is rural like both Alaska and Vermont, it also has a much larger population thanks to urban areas like Tucson and Phoenix. Gun control activists last year raised concerns about lifting the permit rules to carry concealed weapons, particularly in urban areas.
Additionally, the social networking site Myspace also included a page — since removed — that purportedly belonged to Loughner. Screen captures of the site show a photo of a U.S. history text book with what appears to be a 9mm Glock lying on top of it.