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Council: No TCC gun shows without background checks

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Council: No TCC gun shows without background checks

The Tucson City Council moved Tuesday toward a ban on gun sales on municipal property without background checks, a push that may effectively halt gun shows at the Tucson Convention Center.

The council, unanimously backing a proposal by Councilmembers Steve Kozachik and Karin Uhlich, asked City Attorney Mike Rankin to draft a resolution requiring background checks on all sales of firearms on city-managed property, not just those made by federally licensed dealers.

Gun show organizers say that about 30 percent of sellers at TCC shows are private parties without direct access to the federal background check system.

In the meantime, the council voted to delay approval of any gun shows at the Convention Center until Rankin presents a draft resolution for a vote.

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