Tucson lawmaker wants to only buy from ‘socially responsible gun dealers’
By Chris Eger
Council members in the Democrat-controlled Arizona city are proposing a drastic change to how the city buys guns.
Gun dealers who manufacture AR15s or similar firearms for the commercial market, sell magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds to civilians, or fall short of supporting universal background checks, would be at a disadvantage when bidding on contracts for Tucson police if city council member Steve Kozachik gets his way.
“Many gun dealers, and probably the guy who yelled out from his car at me last Thursday morning may not like these realities, but AR’s don’t belong in civilian hands,” said Kozachik in a newsletter. “Their ‘parent’ weapon is designed for warfare, not city streets.”
The proposal, set for a Dec. 4 council meeting, would request those selling guns or accessories to city agencies complete a questionnaire on policy questions to determine, in Kozachik’s words, if they are a “socially responsible gun dealer.”
Besides the proposed guidance in city firearm contracts, Kozachik wants even more sweeping measures such as requiring gun buyers to take out liability insurance when they purchase a firearm and the mandatory posting of health warnings in stores that sell guns. All of which could see serious issues when Arizona state