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

Aug 9, 2019, 10:09 AM | Updated: Aug 10, 2019, 7:32 pm

(AP Photo/Matt York)...

(AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

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.”

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

File photo of a Phoenix police cruiser at a crime scene behind yellow tape...

Driver of vehicle leaving scene of shooting dies after fiery collision in Phoenix

The driver of a car speeding away from the scene of a shooting in west Phoenix died after a fiery collision Thursday afternoon.

17 minutes ago

Former Arizona State Sen. Tony Navarette was convicted of one count of sexual conduct with a minor ...

ABC15 Arizona

Former Arizona Sen. Tony Navarette convicted of sexual conduct with a minor

Former Arizona State Sen. Tony Navarette has been convicted of one count of sexual conduct with a minor.

2 hours ago

Caution tape at a crime screen and mugshot of a murder suspect...

Police seek aid in finding Phoenix road rage suspect accused of killing 8-year-old girl

Authorities are asking the public for help in locating a suspect accused of killing an 8-year-old girl during a Phoenix road rage in 2022.

4 hours ago

Machinery used to smooth out fresh pavement on an Arizona highway...

Parts of US 60, I-10 restricted in Valley this weekend for ongoing improvement projects

Improvement projects in east Mesa and along the I-10 Broadway Curve will create several freeway restrictions this weekend.

5 hours ago

A "vote here" sign sits outside a Phoenix polling place in 2022....

Associated Press

Judge rules Arizona’s new voting laws requiring proof of citizenship aren’t discriminatory

An Arizona district judge has ruled state legislators didn't discriminate when passing new voting laws that require proof of citizenship.

7 hours ago

How Arizona voters can cut through the political noise this election season...

Serena O'Sullivan

How Arizona voters can cut through the political noise this election season

Political noise is ramping up ahead of Arizona's presidential preference election on March 19. Here are a few ways voters can thrive in 2024.

8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.


Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.


Sanderson Ford

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.

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