Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bill amended to require proof of citizenship to buy or transfer guns at firearm shows

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Senate Democrats successfully amended SB 1102 to require proof of citizenship for the purchase or transfer of a firearm at a firearms show for exhibitors that do not require a background check.

Sen. Ken Cheuvront’s amendment requires the presentation one of the same documents a person must show in order to vote. A violation of this section is a Class 4 felony.

“As the violence at our border continues to escalate, it is important that we only allow law abiding American citizens to purchase guns in Arizona,” said Cheuvront. “A recent GAO report found that 90 percent of firearms used by the drug cartels were purchased in the United States. As lawmakers, we need to make sure that the mass killings that are taking place in Mexico do not spill over to Arizona.”

The list includes:
1) An Arizona driver license or non-operating identification license issued after October 1, 1996,
2) A legible photocopy of a birth certificate that verifies citizenship and supporting legal documentation, including a marriage certificate, if the name on the birth certificate is not the same as the person’s legal name
3) A legible copy of pertinent pages of a U.S. Passport identifying the person
4) U.S. naturalization documents
5) The person’s Bureau of Indian Affairs Card Number of Tribal Treaty Card Number
6) A legible photocopy of a driver license or non-operating identification license from another state within the U.S. if the license indicates that the person has provided satisfactory proof of citizenship or
7) A legible photocopy of a Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of Birth

The amendment occurred during the Senate’s Committee of the Whole, which is a preliminary approval of the bill. The bill awaits a formal Senate vote.

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