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Farnsworth squares off with Gifford’s group over provision in school safety plan

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Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services per Arizona Daily Star

A gun safety group formed by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is criticizing a school safety plan proposed by Gov. Doug Ducey as insufficient to protect the public against mass shootings.

On April 20, 1999, two students attacked Columbine High School, killing 13 and wounding 21 more. Two weeks ago, a former student did the same thing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing 17 and wounding 16 more./Getty

Peter Ambler, the organization’s executive director, said the proposal to allow courts to issue Severe Threat Orders of Protection “creates an unreasonably long, cumbersome and loophole-ridden process” for suspending the access that dangerous people have to guns.

“This plan does not do enough to ensure that courts and concerned family and community members can act — and act quickly — to avert shootings, suicides and other tragedies,” Ambler said. He said there would still need to be two full-blown court hearings before a judge could suspend someone’s access to guns.

The objections come as Ducey is trying to cobble together sufficient votes for his school safety plan.

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