— Arizona Gov.
Doug Ducey signed into law legislation Thursday that will expand the number of firearms that people can purchase at gun shows and online.
The law, which Duceys office said will take effect on Jan. 1, is designed to increase gun safety, make it easier to report stolen guns, and help police prevent criminals from obtaining firearms.
Duceys signature bill will make it a crime for anyone to knowingly possess or transport a handgun or a short barreled shotgun without a license or permit, a provision that the law says should be expanded to cover all types of firearms.
Gun rights advocates welcomed the measure as a positive step, with the American Civil Liberties Union saying it will ensure more guns are in the hands of law-abiding citizens.
“It is a good step forward in Arizona’s efforts to curb gun violence and keep our communities safe, said David Kopel, executive director of the ACLU of Arizona.
Lawmakers passed a similar bill in Arizona in 2015.
In addition to expanding the list of firearms people can legally buy at gun stores, the bill expands background checks for gun purchases.
That means anyone who wants to buy a firearm will need a background check.
According to a study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, more than one million people are killed every year in shootings with guns.