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(D) Jennifer Samuels - A

Gun Violence cost AZ 1.9 Billion per year. What will you do to address this?

It's time we begin the difficult conversation about gun control and to work toward common sense gun reform. Thoughts and prayers are no longer enough. I support measures such as universal background checks and mandatory waiting periods to make our schools and communities safer

What have you done to prevent Gun Violence?

I have supported March for our Lives on social media and am running for office to support the movement as a State Legislature.

More info:samuelsforaz.com

(R) Brian Joseph Lesinski - F

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(D) Julie Gunnigle - A

Gun Violence cost AZ 1.9 Billion per year. What will you do to address this?

I support Severe Threat Orders of Protection, universal background checks, raising the minimum purchase age to 21, and a ban on high capacity magazines (among other measures). I will support any measure to study gun violence. Part of the problem with this crisis is that our hands have been tied in researching evidence-based ways to combat gun violence. I will support any measure that is both evidence-based and constitutional. I will also support any measure that encourages current gun owners to responsibly store their firearms and keep them out the hands of minors and violent adults.

What have you done to prevent Gun Violence?

I have attended Moms Demand Action meetings (and taken my friends). As a candidate, I have joined the call to have a special session to address gun violence in our schools.

More info: GunnigleForHouse.com

(R) Heather Carter - F

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(D) Kristin Dybvig - A

Gun Violence cost AZ 1.9 Billion per year. What will you do to address this?

Improved background checks, maintaining the registry, requiring background checks for private gun sales.

What have you done to prevent Gun Violence?

 

More info: www.electkdp.com

(R) John Allen - F

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(D) Tonya Macbeth - A

Gun Violence cost AZ 1.9 Billion per year. What will you do to address this?

Increased funding for school counselors, domestic violence prevention and treatment (both community based and in our jails and prisons). Educating the prosecutors and judges that domestic violence is not a charge that should be lowered to a misdemeanor when the facts meet the criteria of a felony. Arizona's criminal background check database is only about 63% complete. Until AZ fixes that travesty, increasing the number of checks is an illusory promise of safety. The root of violence is violence. We must focus on identifying, treating, and punishing the violent.

We already have laws that allow the removal of weapons from persons that demonstrate a threat of immediate violence--Danger To Self/Others 72-hour holds. We already have the ability to force the immediate surrender of weapons following an Order of Protection/Injunction against Harassment hearing. We need to strengthen the authority to enforce the surrender orders. Domestic Abusers who are convicted felons do not have the right to keep their guns. We need to focus on educating prosecutors and judges to disallow pleading these cases down to misdemeanors.

The assault weapons ban taught us that fear of restriction drives purchases. Banning the bump stock would be better addressed by converting it to a Class-III device and thus including it in the tracked database and stricter background check system.

What have you done to prevent Gun Violence?

As the chair of the advisory board for a peer-run mental health recovery center, I am very concerned that the issues of mental health and gun violence are not conflated. There are intersections, but the laws regarding gun restrictions and detention can easily be twisted to impact the rights of law abiding persons with mental illness (or those wrongly-labeled) who are not violent. It is crucial that we focus on making sure that every person has their due process rights protected at all times. Due process protects us from government overreach in all areas of our lives. That requires careful drafting of the laws you are proposing to make sure we don't return to the days when husbands/parents (usually) would have their disruptive wives/offspring (usually, and frequently LGBTQ) locked away in a facility without true justification. We worked hard to bring due-process into these proceedings, please remain cognizant of that history.

More info: https://electmacbeth.com/

(R) Nancy Barto - F

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