SB 1122 now moves to the full House for consideration.


An Arizona panel narrowly approved a measure Tuesday outlawing any future background check mandates for the transfer of private property — including firearms.

The House Federalism, Property Rights and Public Policy Committee voted 5-4 to advance Senate Bill 1122 to the full chamber for consideration, much to the dismay of the state’s gun control community.

“Our legislators should stop playing games with these vaguely worded, unnecessary bills and actually do something to address the real gun violence problem in our communities,” said Annie LaMoureaux, a volunteer with the Arizona chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, while testifying before the committee Tuesday.

The one-page proposal, authored by Sierra Vista resident Jere Fredenburgh, specifically prohibits a city, town or county from requiring “as a condition of a private sale, gift, donation or other transfer of personal property, the owner of the personal property search or facilitate the search of any federal or state databases and shall not require that a third party be involved.”

Fredenburgh told lawmakers Tuesday universal background check laws in Washington and Oregon compelled her into action.

“The purpose is to protect all personal property,” she said. “I’m asking the legislature to champion personal property rights. I have to believe everyone in this room wants that choice to be able to dispose of their personal property as they see fit.”

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