Council Member Kozachik asks State Legislature for repeal
Reporter: Cory Marshall
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik is asking the State Legislature to repeal Arizona's Firearm Preemption Statute. The statute prohibits local jurisdictions from passing firearm laws that are more restrictive than state law.
"The reason for that very simply is that I hear from constituents all over the city of Tucson that they don't feel comfortable with allowing firearms in public buildings or public parks," Kozachik said.
A memorial requesting the repeal has already been drafted. Tuesday, on the two-year anniversary of the Jan. 8 shooting, Kozachik will ask Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Council to pass the Memorial.
The stance has gun owners guarded. Ken Rineer is president of Gun Owners of Arizona.
"We want to get ahead of the game and make sure that they don't gain any ground because the preemption statute is very important to me personally and very important to those of us who carry throughout the state for self defense," Rineer told 9OYS.
Simply put, Rineer wants the right to defend himself wherever and whenever.
"Most of the people I deal with on a regular basis are concerned about the atmosphere that's being created or generated. The [overall] hysteria that's being generated over this issue," Rineer continued.
According to Kozachik, this issue is safety and security.
If the Memorial is passed, the draft will be sent straight to the State Legislature.