- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The House has passed a pro-gun bill that would let Arizona join with other states to make themselves exempt from any new rules that would curtail the public’s Second Amendment rights.

Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe sponsored the proposal that would establish Arizona as the first in an interstate compact that other states could join. The compact would nullify and repeal any current or future law that impedes Second Amendment rights such as mandatory background checks.

Thorpe says his bill prevents participating states from creating firearms transfer laws that are more restrictive than federal law.

Democrats say they are worried Thorpe’s measure would relinquish state sovereignty and prevent the state from drafting its own gun regulations.

House Bill 2524 passed on a 35-24 vote Tuesday. It now moves to the Senate.

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