Saturday, April 14, 2012
Ariz. Senate OKs bill on guns in public buildings
Arizona gun owners will legally be able to carry their firearms in public buildings under a bill headed to Gov. Jan Brewer for signature.
The state Senate gave final approval on Thursday to legislation allowing guns in government buildings unless security measures — including armed guards, metal detectors and gun lockers — are in place.
Supporters say the measure is necessary for public safety.
"Either we protect ourselves or the government disarms everyone at the doors," said Charles Heller, a lobbying force behind the legislation.
"Those are the two choices. A stupid sign will not protect us — either the right to carry or a metal detector will."
"We specifically fixed in this bill the things that the governor didn't like," said Heller, a spokesman for the Arizona Citizens Defense League. "There is no reason if it gets to her desk — if she keeps to her word from last year — there's no reason she shouldn't sign it."
Posted by Zee at 6:06 AM