"The bottom line is this: the presence of a gun increases the risk posed to children," said Suzanne McCormick-Fulton, a volunteer with Moms Demand. "The solution to keeping our kids safe isn't more loaded guns on school grounds, where kids go to learn and grow."
Gun-safety advocates warn that guns stored in vehicles are often the most popular targets for thieves.
According to a 2016 report from Everytown For Gun Safety, Phoenix police received reports of 4,664 guns stolen from vehicles between 2005 and 2014. Nationwide, a fifth of stolen guns are taken from vehicles.
Arizona HB 2693 would allow the storage of loaded guns in cars on school property. It passed through House committee on a party-line vote. LEAP Forward is continuing to grade action on this bill and is scoring opposition.