Ariz. Senate: Gun shows safe, wholesome


May 8, 2003, 01:02 PM
Ariz. Senate: Gun shows safe, wholesome

The Associated Press
May 6, 2003
PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate is on record opposing regulation of firearms purchases at gun shows.

The Senate passed a resolution yesterday recognizing that gun shows "provide a safe, historical, valuable and indispensable community service for those citizens who choose to exercise their constitutional rights."

The resolution added that the shows "should be protected from those who would further regulate, encumber or eliminate them through a campaign of misinformation."

Also, gun shows are "wholesome family events that generate substantial positive economic and commercial impact on the state and its political subdivisions," the resolution said.

Todd Rathner, a Tucsonan who sits on the National Rifle Association's national board, said the resolution sends a message to federal legislators.

"I think that the resolution will not have a practical effect on gun shows, but I think it has a symbolic impact," Rathner said. "It tells Congress that gun shows are a legitimate and wholesome activity and that they should not be regulated out of existence."

Arizona is the first state to pass such a resolution, he said.
Gerry Anderson, a Phoenix resident and executive director of Arizonans for Gun Safety, testified against the resolution.
"I think that it's a real shame that the state Legislature would take the position that they support an unregulated secondary market," he said.

"I think they're being absolutely ridiculous."
Regulating gun shows would not affect the industry, and Arizona is among the top 10 states exporting guns used in crimes, Anderson said.

"We know that background checks stop criminals from purchasing guns," she said.

Sean Hammond, a board member for Citizens of Arizona to Prevent Gun Violence, and Tucson City Councilman José Ibarra, who last year argued in favor of background checks for gun dealers at shows in city facilities, did not return calls for comment last night.

Elliot Glicksman, president of Citizens of Arizona to Prevent Gun Violence, declined to comment.

Tucson Citizen reporter Eric Sagara contributed to this story. :D :D

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Dave T
May 8, 2003, 04:35 PM
Until it is signed into law by the Governor (remember she was a Clinton appointee) it means nothing.

We shall see...

May 9, 2003, 12:07 AM

Separately, Gov. Janet Napolitano allowed HB 2319 to go into law without her signature.

That legislation precludes cities from imposing conditions on gun shows conducted on municipal property. It was aimed at a since-repealed Tucson ordinance which mandated that gun show participants conduct background checks on buyers even if not required by federal law.

Napolitano said while she generally opposes preempting local regulations the restrictions in this bill "are comparatively minor, and I therefore am allowing it to pass into law.''

I also looked at and it a new law .:D :neener:

Dave T
May 9, 2003, 07:10 PM
I had heard she was not going to sign it. Didn't know about her "allowing" it to pass into law. Thanks for the update and info.

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