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Arizona House pushes for private gun sales without background checks

Bill Karnok, left, of Grandpa's Pawn Shop in Longmont, Colo., shows Brian Hirak, a private investigator from API of Colorado, a gun that he is interested in buying on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. (Cliff Grassmick/Daily Camera via AP)

PHOENIX — The Arizona House has given initial approval to a bill that would bar state and local governments from requiring background checks on private party gun sales.

The measure would prevent areas from requiring a third party or the use of background checks in the transfer of any personal property. Republican Sen. Gail Griffin’s proposal would block municipalities from closing the so-called “gun show loophole.”

Supporters of Senate Bill 1122 argue it would protect Arizonans’ sale or gifting of personal property regardless of the item. Opponents said the legislation is overly broad and could lead to unintended consequences.

Legislators approved Griffin’s proposal on a voice vote Monday. It awaits a formal House vote. The Senate already passed the measure on a 16-14 vote in March.

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