The Second Amendment rights dominated Arizona state senate debate between the incumbent GOP Sen. Martha McSally and her rival Democrat Mark Kelly.
Sen. McSally pointed out that Democrats would come after the Second Amendment if allowed to while Kelly accused her of inaction.
Kelly is married to the former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the co-founder of the gun control group Giffords PAC. He is supported by various gun control groups including Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety.
The Democrat and self-proclaimed supporter of the Second Amendment rights said action was needed to address mass shootings.
"Our rights and traditions are so important. Second Amendment is so important," Kelly said. "But we can never let a bunch of kids in classroom, you know, get killed and think there's nothing we can do about it."
Kelly alleged that Sen. McSally had promised to support red flag laws. The laws allow the confiscation of people's firearms on mere accusations and without due process.
He also reminded her that she had declared restrictions on gun shows unconstitutional.
"What I said was we need to do everything we can in order to stop these tragedies from happening," McSally replied. "And I've been leading on this in the House and the Senate."
Sen. McSally denied supporting the red flag laws. She said that fixing mental health and the background checks system was a priority. She pointed out that the background checks system wasn't working as intended, and many dangerous criminals were not in the system.
"I've been leading to strengthen the system that we have while ensuring that Arizonan's Second Amendment rights are protected," McSally said.
The incumbent backed the 2017 Fix NICS Act which forces government agencies to report crimes to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Arizona is a gun-friendly state with a constitutional carry. Anyone at least 18 years old can purchase a firearm while those aged at least 21 can openly carry without a permit. However, Democrats still attempt to flip the state and undo the achievements made in gun legislation.
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