Tag: gun safety

Democrats urge governor to call special session on guns after Texas shooting. See related stories here

| May 22, 2018
Democrats urge governor to call special session on guns after Texas shooting. See related stories here

Democrat lawmakers are using Friday’s school shooting in Texas in a bid to get Gov. Doug Ducey to call lawmakers into special session to adopt new gun laws.

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Senate approves watered down gun bill. See related story here

| May 2, 2018
Senate approves watered down gun bill. See related story here

State senators voted Tuesday for what was crafted as a comprehensive school and public safety plan — but not before Republicans removed a key provision designed to take guns away from dangerous people.

SB 1519, approved on a 17-13 party line vote, still al lows police to ask a judge to have someone brought in for mental evaluation. And judges remain able to order temporary removal of weapons if there is “clear and convincing evidence” the person is a danger to self or others.

But Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, took out language which also would have allowed family members, school administrators, probation officers, behavioral health professionals, roommates and “significant others” to go to court to seek what are known as Severe Threat Orders of Protection.

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Tuba City and Moencopi tackle school gun threats: Law enforcement, school officials, community discuss how to better prepare school facilities. See more education stories here

| March 14, 2018
Tuba City and Moencopi tackle school gun threats: Law enforcement, school officials, community discuss how to better prepare school facilities. See more education stories here

A capacity crowd turned out March 6 at the Warrior Pavilion in Tuba City to hear from law enforcement and school officials about threats made to Tuba City Junior High and other reservation schools in recent weeks.

The panel included Navajo Nation Police Department representative Lt. Leonard Williams and the Navajo Nation Prosecutor Michael Bennett — panels shared how each school facility reacted and what they might change to be better prepared for student safety in the future.

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Lawmakers call on Ducey to form task force to prevent school violence. See related stories

| February 21, 2018
Lawmakers call on Ducey to form task force to prevent school violence. See related stories

Three years into office, Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday he has no clear idea of how to prevent mass shootings at schools.
But the governor said he does believe in two things: Protect the Second Amendment and don’t “politicize” the massacre at the Florida high school.
Speaking to reporters a week after the gunman killed 17, Ducey said he could provide no guidance on what changes in laws are necessary to prevent similar shootings here.

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