McSally open but noncommittal on gun legislation

U.S. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., talks with reporters at a Phoenix supermarket on Aug. 15, 2019. /Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy /Arizona Mirror

No word from Sinema

By Robin Bravender and Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally will soon be a central player in the congressional debate over gun control legislation. 

The freshman Republican, who was appointed to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain and could have a tough re-election contest next fall, is certain to face intense scrutiny over her support — or lack thereof — of any sweeping gun control efforts floated when Congress reconvenes in September. 

In the wake of the mass shootings that rocked the nation in recent weeks, McSally has suggested some willingness to consider gun control measures, an apparent shift from her previous stance on the topic. 

Speaking to reporters in Phoenix on Thursday, McSally said she’s “in conversations” about specific legislative efforts to prevent gun violence, like red flag laws, assault weapons bans and stricter background checks. She said, “We need to strengthen the background check system for sure.” 

She also suggested that the federal government could perhaps aid state-level gun control initiatives. She specifically cited a red flag-style proposal by Gov. Doug Ducey that would allow people to go to court and request a Severe Threat Order of Protection that would remove someone’s access to firearms if they’re deemed dangerous.

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