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Updated Apr 3, 2013 - 11:32 am

Some Arizona leaders link domestic violence to gun use

Arizona Sen. Katie Hobbs at the State Capitol. (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- Some Arizona leaders said gun ownership contributes to domestic violence.

State Sens. Katie Hobbs and Olivia Cajero Bedford are leading a campaign in Arizona to connect weak gun laws and domestic abuse.

Both gave anti-gun speeches Wednesday. Hobbs spoke in Phoenix, while Cajero Bedford was in Tucson.

Hobbs and Cajero Bedford are highlighting domestic violence with help from the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence and domestic abuse survivors.

Among the group's concerns is, "Making sure that there is consistency among state, local and federal law enforcement agencies and the courts, that when someone is deemed a prohibitive possessor, that their information is easily found," said Allie Bones, head of the coalition.

Meanwhile, Mayors Against Illegal Guns plans to release a new TV spot this week, focusing on domestic abuse and gun laws.

The group said women in the United States are 11 times more likely to be murdered with guns than they are in any other developed nation.

KTAR's Jim Cross contributed to this article.

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