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Lawmakers push for tighter gun laws at Arizona Capitol

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PHOENIX - Enough is enough. That's the strong message that will be echoed by lawmakers at the State Capitol on Monday. 

State leaders are pledging to do whatever it takes to end gun violence in schools.

The meeting is inspired largely by the student movement to end gun violence after the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Both lawmakers and activists will emphasize plans they think are best to fix the gun violence problem in our nation's schools.

Arizona leaders behind the news conference at the Capitol are demanding solutions. Lawmakers will ask the legislature to make what they call "sensible" changes for gun safety legislation in Arizona schools.

According to the Gifford's Law Center, Arizona ranks 47 out of 50 states as having the weakest gun laws in the nation. So, Democratic leaders are asking gun safety bills, introduced earlier in the session, to be reconsidered. Or, they're calling for a special session on school safety.

If passed some changes could ensure universal background checks for all gun sales in the state, keeping weapons away from domestic violence offenders, banning bump stocks and other accessories to turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic machine guns, keeping firearms away from the mentally ill and regulating firearms in foster homes.

So far, Arizona's mostly Republican legislature has not scheduled any hearings on gun-related bills pushed by Democrats.

The press is Monday morning on the Senate lawn. Speakers include young organizers from the upcoming March for Our Lives Phoenix. The march is scheduled for March 24.

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