Explaining the Disconnect Between AZ Gun Owners and Federal Gun-Control Ideas


The Maricopa, Az., gun club doesn’t want its representatives in Congress to vote for pending gun-control measures. “I understand Sandy Hook was emotional,” club president Lisa Durst, a 52-year-old former nurse, tells the Arizona Republic. Citing the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing, she said, “no one banned box trucks and fertilizer.” David Durst, 52, her engineer husband, put it more bluntly. Congress is opening the door to a “gun grab,” he said. “The next shooting that happens, here comes the confiscation,” he said. Club members want federal lawmakers to act more like the state representatives who serve their rural community. After Newtown, Arizona legislators put forward some of the most permissive state gun laws in the country, including proposals to arm teachers, prohibit permanent gun records and all-out reject any new federal gun restrictions. The disconnect between Arizona's federal and state lawmakers can seem jarring in some of the state's rural areas with long traditions of gun ownership.

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