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Arizona Gov. Signs Bills, Including Ban On Background Checks For Personal Gun Sales

Arizonans need not worry about their city interfering with the sale of a refrigerator, a microwave or more pointedly, a gun.

With his signature, Gov. Doug Ducey barred all levels of government from forcing an individual to run a state or federal background check before selling the weapon, or any personal item, to a buyer. 

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Gail Griffin of Hereford, claimed she introduced the idea after constituents contacted her about other states encroaching on their second amendment rights.

Ducey also signed off on two other bills on Monday.  

One makes it illegal for in-state moving companies to change the price of delivering goods once the contract is signed.  

A federal law already protects consumers moving goods between states, but the Arizona attorney general noted the gap of protection for consumers using movers inside the state.  

In some cases, goods were held hostage for additional cash after an agreed rate was already signed.  

Ducey also approved allowing the installation of up to 35 electronic billboards within a 40-mile radius of Bullhead City.  

That legislation was sought by advertising lobbyists who complained they were left out of the 2012 deal making most of Arizona off-limits to the electronic signs, except for the stretch of highway east of Phoenix to Yuma.  

The signs are restricted to turn off by 11 p.m. and none are allowed around Lake Havasu City and Hoover Dam.

Much of Northern, Southern and Southeastern Arizona remain off-limits to illuminated signs to protect the state’s dark skies for telescope industries.