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What is Arizona doing about gun control?

Last week’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., put the national debate about gun control back into the spotlight. But at least one Arizona lawmaker remained skeptical much would change in Arizona.

“I don’t think there’s much appetite for addressing that given our current state Legislature, but I think common sense gun safety reform is something that the vast majority of Arizonans support,” said state Sen. Sean Bowie, D-Phoenix.

The state’s conservative Legislature has not supported gun-control measures in previous sessions.

Robert W. Runcie, superintendent of the Broward County Public Schools, told reporters: “Now is the time for the country to have a real conversation on sensible gun controls in this country,” according to an article in The New York Times.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey took to social media to express his condolences. The Arizona State Capitol flags were lowered to half-staff Thursday in honor of the 17 people killed and 14 injured.

The recent Florida shooting was the second deadliest mass shooting at a school since 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut in 2012. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 345 mass shootings in the U.S. since 2013.

Trump tweeted that “no one should feel unsafe in an American school“, and he said he will travel to Florida to visit “the bravest people on earth.

Others talked about the need for tougher gun laws. Talk show host Ellen Degeneres tweeted “no laws are enough until we end this epidemic.” And “#GUNREFORMNOW” was trending Thursday on Twitter.

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But gun-control advocates in Arizona face a tough road. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave Arizona an “F” in its 2016 gun law state scorecard, saying the state has “little in the way of common sense gun policy.”

Legislators have introduced several bills this session that would place bans or preventative measures on the sale, distribution, accessibility and storage of firearms.

Here’s a look at some of them:

Proposed gun-control legislation in Arizona

BillEffectPrime sponsorsStatus
HB 2023/SB 1348 This bill would ban bump stocks and other devices designed to alter weapons so they fire in the same manner as a semi-automatic weapon. Rep. Randall Friese, D-Tucson House bill introduced Jan. 9. Senate bill introduced Jan. 24. Neither vote has been held.
HB 2024/HCR 2001/SCR 1015 This bill would prevent the sale or transfer of firearms unless the person selling the weapon is a licensed firearms dealer. HCR 2001 and SCR 1015 are identical to HB 2024, but asks to place universal background checks on the ballot. Rep. Randall Friese, D-Tucson, Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson House bill introduced Jan. 9. HCR introduced Jan. 18. SCR introduced Jan. 24. No vote has been held.
HB 2140/SB 1347 This bill would allow an immediate family member or peace officer to file a petition for an injunction prohibiting a person from owning, controlling, receiving or possessing a firearm. Any court may issue a mental health injunction against firearm possession. Rep. Randall Friese, D-Tucson, Sen. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix House bill introduced Jan. 11. Senate bill introduced Jan. 24. Neither vote has been held.
HB 2299/SB 1224 This bill would allow the court to order a domestic violence offender placed on probation to transfer any firearms to the appropriate law enforcement agency within 24 hours of their sentence or provide an affidavit certifying the person does not possess a firearm.d Rep. Randall Friese, D-Tucson. Sen. David Bradley, D-Tucson Introduced Jan. 18, vote has not been held.
HB 2535 The Department of Child Safety, DCS director, child welfare agency or governing board of a child welfare agency are prohibited from adopting, implementing or enforcing a rule or policy relating to the possession, transfer or storage of a firearm. Rep. Kevin Payne, R-Peoria Introduced Feb. 6 in the House, vote has not been held.
SB 1428 This bill would expand the list of acts constituting misconduct involving weapons to include storing a firearm without placing the firearm in a locked container. Sen. Juan Jose Mendez, D-Tempe Introduced Jan. 24 in the Senate, vote has not been held.

Cronkite News reporter Nicole Constantino contributed to this article.

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Arizona received an 'F' from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which says the state has 'little in the way of common sense gun policy.'


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