Former Clinton White House Deputy Director Fred DuVal (D) is running for governor of Arizona, and if he wins, he will put his support behind the implementation of Colorado-like gun control.
In March 2013, Colorado’s legislature passed new measures barring private gun sales in the state. The measures require a law-abiding citizen who sells a gun to another law-abiding citizen to do so in the presence of a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder, which demands a background check. The measures also place a new fee on the sale of the firearm to cover the cost of that background check.
Governor John Hickenlooper (D) signed the measures into law, and now, a law-abiding citizen in that state can no longer sell a gun to another law-abiding citizen without government permission, even though Americans have been doing so since 1791.
In June, Fred DuVal told The Arizona Republic that the attacks on “Sandy Hook, Aurora, Isla Vista, and Tucson” demonstrate the need to “[require] background checks for all gun purchases.” DuVal did not mention that in three of the four instances he cited–Aurora, Isla Vista, and Tucson–the gunmen underwent background checks to obtain their firearms. Nor did he mention that in the Sandy Hook attack, the gunman stole his firearms; therefore, no amount of gun control would have stopped him.
Instead, DuVal is running for governor with the belief that background checks in Arizona should be expanded to cover every gun sale. This means that private gun sales will be treated like retail gun sales–as in Colorado–and, without government permission, one law-abiding citizen will be barred from selling a gun to another law-abiding citizen.
The Huffington Post reports that DuVal is endorsed by gun control proponents Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly.
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