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Critics Weign In On Arizona Governor's School Safety Plan Changes

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's school safety plan is changing shape in a number of ways.

Under his proposal, judges can still take someone's gun away during a 24 hour period while they're being evaluated as a possible threat.

Gone, however, is the proposal to deny a concealed weapons permit to anyone with an outstanding arrest warrant.

He's facing opposition from a number of sides, including from the Citizens Defense League for his provision allowing a gun owner to retrieve their weapon once a judge determines they're not a threat.

David Kopp with the League asked why, if the state misjudged a person's mental risk, should the burden be on the individual to get their property back.

"Shouldn't it be on the state to get them back to you?" he asked, "Shouldn't the state issue an order to law enforcement?"

Democrats are also unhappy with the governor's refusal to require background checks on all weapons sold, including gun shows and independent sales.

Without the support of Democrats, Ducey will work to secure every Republican vote for it to pass the Senate floor.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.