Gun-control bills at Arizona Legislature create backlash; turnout could grow at Second Amendment rally

Gun-control bills at Arizona Legislature create backlash; turnout could grow at Second Amendment rally

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Gun-control bills aren’t expected to get far at the Arizona Legislature this session, but people across the state are reacting with anger and taking action. Organizers of an annual rally in support of gun owners’ rights anticipate a larger crowd than usual Saturday because of several bills introduced at the Capitol. Multiple Arizona cities and counties have passed or are considering resolutions deeming themselves "Second Amendment sanctuaries." And a Facebook group for Arizonans against the bills was created Sunday and grew to more than 50,000 members by Thursday afternoon. Bills would expand background checks, ban assault rifles, and more Democrats are sponsoring legislation that would expand background checks on firearm purchases as well as ban high-capacity magazines and so-called assault weapons . One bipartisan proposal would change state law to expressly ban people who have been convicted of domestic abuse from purchasing or possessing firearms in particular circumstances. Even relatively modest gun-control proposals are unlikely to gain any traction in a Republican-controlled Legislature. Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers have proposed bills that would make it potentially costly for governments to adopt measures such as setting up gun-free zones and would designate Arizona a "Second Amendment sanctuary state." The Second Amendment sanctuary state legislation in Arizona is the latest in a wave of similar bills that have popped up in cities and states across the country in the past year. Sponsored by Rep. Leo Biasiucci, R-Lake Havasu City, the measure would make any federal laws viewed as infringing on the Second Amendment […]

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