Arizona House committee approves bill that would relax private gun sale laws

Posted at 6:45 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 10:38:19-04

An Arizona House panel has approved a bill that would bar state and local governments from requiring background checks on private party gun sales.

The measure would prevent areas from requiring a third party or the use of background checks in the transfer of any personal property. Hereford Republican Sen. Gail Griffin's proposal would block municipalities from closing the so-called "gun show loophole." 

Supporters of Senate Bill 1122 say it would protect Arizonans' sale or gifting of personal property regardless of the item. 

Opponents say the legislation is overly broad and could lead to unintended consequences.


The House Committee on Federalism, Property Rights and Public Policy voted 5-4 Tuesday to send the measure to the full House. The Senate already passed it on a 16-14 vote earlier this month.