Arizona gun laws are considered the nation's most permissive, which is a subject of heated debate.
The state was home to a 2011 mass shooting in which six people were killed and 19 others wounded, including Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. While many states react by passing tighter regulations in the wake of such shootings, Arizona gun laws have continued to open up the rights of gun owners to carry their weapons.
Advocates on both sides of the gun control debate now use the state as a battleground for speaking out about the pros and cons of restricting Second Amendment rights.
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Here are some recent quotes from the heated Arizona gun laws debate:
"I am a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, and I have signed into law numerous pieces of legislation to advance and protect gun rights," Brewer wrote in her veto letter. "However, I cannot support this measure in its proposed form."
– Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, in a letter explaining her veto of legislation allowing Arizonans to carry guns into public events and buildings
“I am a believer in the Second Amendment and a proud gun owner, but this bloodshed needs to stop. That’s why I support universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, gun buyback programs, and clamping down on gun purchases by those who are mentally ill or on a terrorism watch-list. But we also need to stand up to the NRA, which rather than protecting the rights of sensible gun owners are peddling conspiracy theories and falsehoods at the behest of the gun industry.”
– Arizona 7th District U.S. Rep.-elect Ruben Gallego
, in an campaign statement about Arizona gun laws
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“If we spent one-quarter of the time focusing on the Second Commandment instead of the Second Amendment, we’d probably be better off — that’s the ‘love one another’ commandment.”
– Democratic state Sen. David Bradley
"We can't let them (politicians) pretend they are with us on violence against women but against us on gun-violence prevention, because they are really two heads of the same beast, and politics should not come in the way of a woman's safety,"
– Mark Kelly
, husband of Gabrielle Giffords
"Since the Tucson shooting, I've heard consensus in my district around strengthening background checks and cracking down on gun traffickers. We must also examine our mental health system to ensure it plays a role in protecting our communities."
– Arizona 1st District U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
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