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Arizona Democratic Caucus Calls For Special School Safety Session

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 3:24pm
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Following Friday’s school shooting in Texas, the Arizona Democratic Caucus is calling for a special session of the state Legislature to address gun violence and school safety.

A letter requesting the special session that was sent to Gov. Doug Ducey, responding in part to his tweet said, “This morning you offered prayers for the Santa Fe community. Governor, prayers are not enough.” 

Arizona Rep. Caesar Chavez said while a plan offered during the regular legislative session by Gov. Ducey is still a good starting point, protection for all Arizona students is a must.

“Why wait until we are lamenting the event? Now is the time to do something. We’ve seen Texas. We’ve seen Florida. We’ve seen Las Vegas. I would hate to see anything happen here in the state of Arizona because we don’t have the proper laws," said Chavez.

State lawmakers had a chance to pass a school safety bill in the previous session but could not come to terms over bump stocks, universal background checks and school resource officers.