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Arizona Gov. Ducey Renewing Call For Gun Safety, Threat Order Of Protection Plan

As the new school year begins on Valley campuses, Gov. Doug Ducey has renewed his call to have judges remove guns from people believed to be a danger to themselves or others.

He took a political risk last year by proposing a gun safety plan, especially on school campuses. After several concessions, the Senate approved it and the National Rifle Association backed off.

Looking back, he told Capitol Media Services that his plan increased funding for school safety and had wide support from educators, law enforcement and the courts.

"All of the discussions were very reasonable,” Ducey said. “We didn't have one person in any of those settings say 'You need to grab everybody's gun' or 'you need to arm every teacher.' And then, we brought in the Legislature, and politics intervened."

Last session, Arizona’s GOP House of Representatives rejected Ducey’s plan at a time when legislatures nationwide faced pressure to pass gun laws following the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

“When I hear someone in Florida say that there was nothing that we could do for someone who had been visited by law enforcement or social services 39 times,” Ducey said, “who had posted on YouTube that they wanted to be known as a school shooter, I reject that as bad policy.”

Lawmakers and gun advocates took issue specifically with the Severe Threat Order portion forcing mental health evaluations and detainment for up to two weeks if a judge deems someone dangerous to himself, herself or the community.

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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.