Arizona Legislature OKs Private Gun Sales Without Background Checks


McGee has said she voted against the bill because of its broad language and concerns it could lead to unintended consequences.

 Supporters of the measure say it would protect Arizonans’ sale or gifting of personal property regardless of the item.

During a House floor debate last week, Rep. Anthony Kern rejected concerns that the bill could place guns in the wrong hands.

“If I want to sell … any of my personal property, including weapons, I should be able to do that,” Kern said during the floor debate. “It is up to me as a responsible seller to make sure I know who the buyer is. It’s called America and it’s called the Second Amendment.”

Opponents think the legislation’s lack of a requirement to check federal or state databases could allow criminals or abusers to obtain guns. They also criticize the measure for being vague and unclear.

Rep. Randall Friese said he thinks the bill could cause another lawsuit such as previous legal action involving a Tucson ordinance that requires background checks on all gun sales in city-owned or managed property such as its convention center.

“I’m afraid that with this piece of legislation we will yet find ourselves in another position where we have another lawsuit costing the state hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars and will lead us really nowhere,” Friese said.

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