Gun-control proponents Judy Aitken, center left, and Karen Clifton (hands in lap) react after the Tucson City Council voted to require background checks for gun sales on city-owned or city-managed property. PHOTO BY MIKE CHRISTY / ARIZONA DAILY STAR
I’ve been mother and grandmother for 40 years, but never feared sending her children or grandchildren to school until this year. Newtown has created a new experience for me as a mother and grandmother and knowing that those babies had three to 11 bullets in them is what pushed me over the line.
— Elizabeth Stember, One Million Moms for Gun Control,
SALES ON MUNCIPAL LAND WILL NEED THEM; FOES OF MEASURE FEEL SHUT OUT
Gun shows that allow individual sales without background checks will be prohibited at the Tucson Convention Center.
Dozens of supporters and opponents packed the mayor and council chambers Tuesday afternoon as the City Council voted unanimously to require background checks on all gun sales on city-owned or managed property. The resolution will return to the council for final approval within weeks.
Tucson was at the center of the gun-control issue and it was incumbent on city officials to pass common-sense laws, even if it complicates a few gun sales, said Councilman Steve Kozachik, who along with colleague, Councilwoman Karin Uhlich sponsored the measure.
“It’s not our job to make the purchase of guns more convenient,” Kozachik said. “It’s … to make them safer.”
Passions ran deep on both sides.
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