A new state law may make it easier for Arizona residents to own guns

State lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that would allow residents of the state to own firearms.

State Sen. Rob Bradley, a Republican from Tucson, said he is sponsoring a bill to allow residents to purchase a gun through a federally licensed dealer.

Bradley said he will reintroduce the measure next year and hopes it will be signed by the governor.

State law currently allows residents to only own guns if they are a retired law enforcement officer, a court-ordered domestic violence order, an active-duty member of the armed forces, or a person who has a mental illness.