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Gun show operators thrilled over Senate's gun measure decision

PHOENIX -- A Wednesday vote in the Senate saw a measure designed to require background checks on gun sales defeated and that was a good thing for the Second Amendment, a gun show owner said.

Crossroads of the West owner Bob Templeton said the amendment was unfairly targeting his show and gun opponents were selling the idea that criminals flock to gun shows to buy firearms.

"They have their own sources: Family members, straw purchasers, buying them on the street, etc. Criminals don't like to hang out at our shows because of the heavy law enforcement presence," he said.

Templeton said he was "moderately supportive" of universal background checks until it became clear that gun opponents were trying to use the shows at a scapegoat for their cause.

"We all want to keep guns away from people who would misuse them; criminals and the mentally ill," he said. "It's a very difficult task to come up with a solution."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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