Gov. doug ducey’s gun proposal is a good start fundamentals of database systems

Gov. Doug ducey has unveiled a series of proposals in the hope of preventing an arizona school from becoming the next columbine or sandy hook or marjory stoneman douglas.

Ducey’s plan also doesn’t ban the bump stocks that transform semi-automatic rifles into what amount to machine guns (see: las vegas massacre). He refuses to address the extended magazines that allow shooters to boost their body count (see: tucson massacre).

But ducey is proposing something significant. And in arizona, where the gun is an object of worship — right along with god, a rainy day and in a good year, the arizona cardinals — that is saying something.

Or maybe ducey – who in the past has signed pro-gun bills – is just savvy enough to know in this election year that people are fed the heck up with mass shootings followed by thoughts and prayers followed by … nothing.Federal background


STOP: A new tool to seize guns

At the center of ducey’s proposal is the STOP – stop threat order of protection. It allows police, parents, schools, psychiatrists and others to petition the courts to temporarily seize weapons from the home of anyone who poses a threat to himself or others.

Currently, it takes an involuntary commitment to a mental hospital to bar someone from carrying a gun. How many parents, I wonder, won’t go so far as to essentially jail their troubled child but would ask the courts for help in disarming them and getting them help?

How many schools and police, I wonder, might make use of STOP when a kid is so scary that he’s tossed out of school or told he can no longer bring a backpack onto campus?Background check

If a judge agrees to a STOP, the person would be barred from buying or possessing a gun for a short period of time, until a mental health evaluation could occur. And unlike with orders of protection given in domestic violence cases, the cops would have the power to follow up to make sure that guns are surrendered — with big penalties allowed if they aren’t. Still could legally buy a gun

Opponents point to the fact that a person who is the subject of a STOP still could buy a gun through a person-to-person sale, which does not require a background check.

But the vast majority of recent mass killers bought their guns from federally licensed firearms dealers after passing a federal background check, according to study by the new york times.Background check

That includes nikolas cruz, who killed 17 people at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, fla. That includes omar mateen, who opened fire and killed 49 people in a gay nightclub in orlando, and christopher harper-mercer, who killed nine people at umpqua community college in oregon and adam lanza, who killed 26 children and teachers at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, conn.

Massacres on the las vegas strip and at an aurora, col., movie theater? At a sikh temple in oak creek, wisc., and a church in charleston, S.C.? At fort hood and the washington navy yard?

Ducey’s proposal does requires better reporting to the federal background check system — something desperately need in arizona, where the criminal history database is just 63 percent complete, according to a 2015 study by the arizona criminal justice commission.Background check

Currently, it takes arizona law enforcement agencies 40 days to notify the database of a development that makes a person ineligible to buy a gun. Ducey’s proposal would give them 24 hours.

There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical of ducey’s plan. You can question his commitment based upon past performance. You can lament the things he’s left out of the plan.

Ducey likely won’t include nearly enough money to fully fund his proposals, and there are plenty of cracks through which some nut could ooze through and start shooting.

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