Universal Background checks will not be coming to Arizona thanks to Gov. Doug Ducey (R).
Gov. Ducey signed a bill this week to block towns, cities and the state government from enacting measures that criminalize the private transfer of firearms between law-abiding citizens.
Senate Bill 1122 states, “Notwithstanding any other law, this state and a city, town or county shall not require as a condition of a private sale, gift, donation or other transfer of personal property that the owner of the personal property search or facilitate the search of any federal or state databases and shall not require that a third party be involved.”
Universal background check laws typically mandate that before a private seller transfers a firearm to a private buyer the seller must take the firearm to a local gun shop (or FFL) so that the gun shop can run an NICS background check on the purchaser. Typically, there is a fee charged by the FFL to run the background check.
The city of Tucson currently requires background checks for gun sales between private buyers and sellers. With the passage of SB 1122, the city will no longer be permitted to enforce that law.
Rep. Anthony Kern was one of the House members who supported the bill.
by S.H. Blannelberry