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Arizona’s House delegation splits along party lines on gun safety votes

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By Robin Bravender | Arizona Mirror

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee committee advanced three gun safety bills on Tuesday, despite unified Republican opposition. 

The committee voted along party lines to approve “red flag” legislation that seeks to limit access to firearms for those deemed a risk to themselves or others. The committee also voted to advance legislation that would ban high-capacity magazines and another measure to prohibit people convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from possessing firearms. 

Arizona Democratic Rep. Greg Stanton voted in favor of all three bills; the two Arizona Republicans on the committee, Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko, opposed the legislation. 

All three measures are likely to pass the Democratic-controlled House, but are certain to face a steeper climb in the GOP-controlled Senate, where Republican lawmakers have blocked efforts to enact tougher gun laws in recent years. 

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