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Some Arizona state senators want to stop gun violence against women. They say firearms in homes make domestic violence even more dangerous.

Wednesday at the state capitol, lawmakers spoke out about the issue. Advocates say people are five times more likely to shoot their partner during a dispute if they have a gun in the home.

Statistics show Arizona has the 13th highest gun murder rate for women in the country.

"Let's stop answering the problem of gun violence by insisting on more guns, lets instead keep victims safer by making it harder for the bad guys to get guns," said Sen. Katie Hobbs, Phoenix Democrat.

"It's sad to see that we are nearly at the 100 day mark here of our legislative session and we have done nothing as far as a conversation, as far as action to address the conversation of gun violence but yet we have time to pass gun laws that actually put guns in schools," said Sen. Anna Tovar, Tolleson Democrat.

The lawmakers want legislation passed that would require background checks on all gun sales, including at private gun shows.

They also want law enforcement agencies to report the names of people considered to be dangerous and then add them to the background check system.

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