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McSally says she may support gun laws as long as they preserve rights

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PHOENIX — U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona says she could potentially support gun reform legislation, as long as it does not violate constitutional rights.

The Republican lawmaker told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Friday that she led legislation to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is used to prevent people convicted of certain crimes from getting guns.

“Sometimes federal agencies and localities are not putting that information in the system, and some of these awful tragedies that have happened have been because of those flaws,” she said.

However, McSally said she is not necessarily supportive of expanding background check legislation to cover private gun sales.

“We need to have a conversation about what more can be done. These two awful tragedies that happened last weekend in El Paso and Dayton, both of (the shooters) passed background checks,” she said.

“I’m open to the conversation while we preserve people’s constitutional rights and we preserve the opportunity for family members and close friends and others to not be criminals if they’re loaning or providing a weapon to go hunting or for self-defense.”

McSally said she may be able to support “red flag” laws, which allow guns to be taken away from people deemed to be potentially dangerous by loved ones, but it depends on how they are written.

Overall, McSally said she thinks decreasing gun violence will require more solutions than just laws.

“This isn’t going to be fixed by legislation alone,” she said. “This is a whole-of-society issue.”

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