Arizona students call for gun control on Pulse anniversary

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Dozens participated in a "die-in" at the state Capitol in hopes of getting stricter gun laws passed. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Dozens participated in a "die-in" at the state Capitol in hopes of getting stricter gun laws passed. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Participants spread out on the floor of the Executive Tower for 49 minutes, one for each shooting victim. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Participants spread out on the floor of the Executive Tower for 49 minutes, one for each shooting victim. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Members of an alt-right group interrupted the protest. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Members of an alt-right group interrupted the protest. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Republican Gov.Doug Ducey had proposed a school safety bill earlier this year. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Republican Gov.Doug Ducey had proposed a school safety bill earlier this year. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5/AP) -

About 30 students gathered at the Arizona state Capitol for a “die-in” on the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

March for Our Lives Arizona organized the event Tuesday in honor of those killed at the Florida nightclub and to call for a special session on gun control. Participants spread out on the floor of the Executive Tower for 49 minutes, one for each shooting victim.

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Members of Patriot Movement AZ repeatedly interrupted and shouted over the young speakers at the protest

In the past, the group has brought guns to rallies at the Legislature to protest demonstrations they disagree with.

Two months ago, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey denounced the group after posing for a picture with them at an event. 

At the time the photograph was taken the governor said he did not know who they were.

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Ducey had proposed a school safety bill earlier this year. That plan would increase mental and behavioral health resources for schools. It would also create a new way to petition courts to prevent a dangerous individual from accessing guns. But the Legislature adjourned without passing the plan.

[RELATED: Lawmakers divided as ever on school safety]

Ducey said Tuesday he wouldn’t bring lawmakers back if they wouldn’t take action.

[RELATED: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to roll out school safety package]

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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