Arizona State Rep. Proposes Ban On Giving Kids Machine Guns

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September 3, 2014 12:19 p.m.

An Arizona lawmaker this week said that she plans to introduce legislation that would help keep automatic weapons of of the hands of children after a 9-year-old accidentally shot and killed an instructor with an Uzi at an Arizona shooting range.

“I’m disgusted that we even need such a law — that parents can’t be trusted to not give a machine gun to a 9-year-old girl,” Rep. Victoria Steele (D) told the Phoenix New Times.

Steele has not yet drawn up the legislation, but plans to propose a ban on giving a machine gun to anyone under the age of 16. She said that legislators in Connecticut passed similar legislation banning shooting ranges from giving machine guns to kids following an incident with an 8-year-old boy.

Steele cannot introduce a bill until the next legislative session in 2015, so she must be re-elected in November in order to propose the bill.

Pictured above: An instructor at a Las Vegas shooting range shows a customer how to fire a machine gun.

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