Word through a senator: Ducey gun proposal has NRA backing

The Ft. Lauderdale airport shooter, Esteban Santiago was one of several recent high-profile gunmen who suffered from psychiatric issues but did not meet the high bar for a firearms ban.

The National Rifle Association will back Gov. Doug Ducey’s school safety plan – or so says the governor’s staff, Arizona Capitol Times reports.

Ducey staffers told Senate President Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler, the NRA would support the governor’s plan when a bill is introduced, perhaps next week.

Prompted by the Parkland high school mass shooting allegedly by a mentally disturbed former student, the governor’s bill includes provisions to take guns away from those deemed a danger to themselves or others.

Lars Dalseide, spokesman for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, said the NRA won’t comment on Ducey’s proposal until a bill is introduced at the Arizona Legislature.

Arizona Capitol Timesreported Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato claimed ignorance as the NRA’s official position on Ducey’s school safety plan.

“I don’t know if they have taken an official position,” Scarpinato wrote in an email. “I would suggest reaching out to NRA for that.”

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April 2018