Laws passed by Republicans in the legislature—and vetoed by Gov. Hobbs—would have made what happened in August at the University of North Carolina more likely to happen in Arizona.
The I-10 and US-60 combined for 77 fatalities across 70 crashes.
Founded by gun violence survivor Gabby Giffords and her husband Sen. Mark Kelly, the Giffords Organization noted that Arizona did not pass any significant gun legislation this year.
The program, derived from a National Rifle Association task force, would require schools offering firearms training to have NRA representatives be part of the task force.
Over 100 gun reform advocates gathered at the Arizona State Capitol on Jan. 23 to call for gun reform in the Legislature.
While the rest of the nation was posting a record increase in traffic fatalities in the first quarter of 2022, highway deaths in Arizona were falling by nearly a third.
The bill—the first of its kind in nearly three decades—was announced days after the House passed a package of additional gun reforms that are popular with a majority of Americans.
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