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Arizona lawmaker: Time to revisit concealed weapon law

Two years ago, Arizona joined Alaska and Vermont as the only states to allow concealed weapons without a permit.

Arizona House Democratic lawmaker Chad Campbell said it's time to fully restore the training and permitting program.

Campbell, a gun owner himself, said allowing people to carry concealed weapons without a permit in Arizona was the most ridiculous move in terms of guns laws that he has ever seen in this state and it's time for more safeguards to keep the wrong people from getting guns.

"Quicker, more effective background checks. That may mean closing loopholes that exist on buying from private buyers," he said. "We need to get serious about how people go about buying guns because the wrong people are getting their hands on guns."

Campbell said he would support a ban on certain types of assault rifles and extended ammunition magazines.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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