AZ gun-safety advocates push universal background checks - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

AZ gun-safety advocates push universal background checks

Posted: Updated:
Gun-control advocates will be at the Valley offices of Republican Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain asking them to pass universal background checks for potential gun buyers. (Source: CBS 5 News) Gun-control advocates will be at the Valley offices of Republican Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain asking them to pass universal background checks for potential gun buyers. (Source: CBS 5 News)
  • Most ReadMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Lamar Co. man sentenced in federal court on drug charges

    Lamar Co. man sentenced in federal court on drug charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:31:27 GMT
    A Lamar County man has been sentenced to nearly 8 years in federal prison on drug charges. Tommy Lucas, 48, was sentenced to 95 months by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett Thursday morning. LuacsMore >>
    A Lamar County man has been sentenced to nearly 8 years in federal prison on drug charges. Tommy Lucas, 48, was sentenced to 95 months by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett Thursday morningMore >>
  • City of Hattiesburg employee fails to register as sex offender

    City of Hattiesburg employee fails to register as sex offender

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:04:34 GMT
    A City of Hattiesburg employee is behind bars for failing to register as a sex offender. Public Works employee Martaze Denzel Hammond, 35, was arrested Wednesday by the Forrest County Sheriff's DepartmentMore >>
    A City of Hattiesburg employee is behind bars for failing to register as a sex offender. Public Works employee Martaze Denzel Hammond, 35, was arrested Wednesday by the Forrest County Sheriff's Department after exceeding a 90 day period in which to register as a sex offender.More >>
  • Four arrested after attempted correctional facility drug crime

    Four arrested after attempted correctional facility drug crime

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:21:06 GMT
    Four suspects were arrested Thursday during an attempt to commit a crime at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m.,More >>
    Four suspects were arrested Thursday during an attempt to commit a crime at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m., July 31, 2014, at the SMCI campus located in Leakesville, MS where officers found two packages. K9 personnel picked up a trail of the suspects which lead towards Wildcat Corner, located at the corner of High School Road and Hwy. 57 near Leakesville.More >>
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The U.S. Judiciary Committee on Thursday will consider requiring universal background checks for anyone who wants to buy a gun.

It's a heated topic that has all both sides fired up.

The checks would get rid of the loophole that lets unlicensed private dealers sell guns without running a background check on buyers.

Under current law, gun buyers must submit to a background check whenever they buy a gun from a federally licensed gun dealer, but they aren't checked at all at gun shows or private homes.

The legislation is the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's initiative against gun violence.

Meanwhile, gun-safety advocates will be at the Valley offices of Republican Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain on Thursday asking them to pass the measure.

"All we are asking for is reasonable measures for reasonable people to keep these dangerous weapons out of hands of people with horrific consequences," said Jennifer Longdon, of Arizonans for Gun Safety.

Longdon's group and the Arizona chapter of People Acting for a Safer Society (PASS) will be at the senators' offices at 1:30 p.m.

Flake issued the following statement Monday:

"As you may know, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and I do not believe that our society needs more laws restricting gun ownership. What we really need is to do a better job of keeping guns out of the hands of those who should not have them, while ensuring that those who break existing laws are fully prosecuted.

"To that end, I support more effective and broader background checks for those purchasing firearms."

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.