ARIZONA NEWS

After deadly Florida shooting, what is Arizona doing about gun control?

Feb 20, 2018, 4:15 AM
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.” (Photo by Tynin Fries/Cronkite News)
(Photo by Tynin Fries/Cronkite News)

PHOENIX – Last week’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, 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 the news media: “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.

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:

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

FILE - Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Burns smiles during a meeting, Thursday, June 20...
Associated Press

High court says lone Arizona regulator can seek utility records

The Arizona commission that regulates utilities cannot prevent a single member from issuing subpoenas to investigate companies that the panel oversees, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
9 hours ago
(Apache Junction Police Department photo)...
KTAR.com

Suspect in fatal shooting in Apache Junction turns himself over to police

A young man suspected of fatally shooting his brother in Apache Junction has turned himself over to authorities.
9 hours ago
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)...
Luke Forstner

Sheriffs suggest ways to tackle drugs and addiction in Arizona

With big fentanyl busts in the news and numbers up in Arizona, experts are talking about the best ways to address addiction.
9 hours ago
(AP Photo/John Locher, File)...
Wills Rice

Grand Canyon lifts parkwide water restrictions after weeks of shortages

The Grand Canyon National Park announced Tuesday that all water restrictions have been lifted.
9 hours ago
Abrazo Health released a rendering of its first phase of development set to begin in the coming mon...
KTAR.com

Abrazo Health to begin first phase of Buckeye medical building

Abrazo Health released a rendering of its first phase of development that'll bring its sixth major medical campus to the Valley.
9 hours ago
(Arizona Boardwalk Photo)...
KTAR.com

UFO exhibit beaming down to Arizona Boardwalk in Scottsdale in the fall

Space invaders have set their sights on Scottsdale this fall, but it's all perfectly safe.
9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
...
Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
After deadly Florida shooting, what is Arizona doing about gun control?