The Arizona state House is on the verge of passing a measure that would establish an interstate compact that would effectively block any state or local transfer regulations on guns in excess of federal law.

Given preliminary approval Monday after debate on the House floor, the bill would prevent future state lawmakers from expanding background check requirements and invite other states to do the same.

“We don’t want to see legislation developed in the states that exceeds federal legislation,” said Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, the legislation’s sponsor.

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