AZ House passes gun rights bills

by HOWARD FISCHER | Capitol Media Services / AZDailySun.com  |  published on March 13, 2015

PHOENIX — Calling it part of the right of self defense, the state House voted Thursday to let those with permits to carry concealed weapons bring them in to public buildings.

The 33-25 vote came over objections of foes, all but one of them Democrats, said HB 2320 permits government agencies to keep their buildings gun-free solely by buying metal detectors and having security guards at each public entrance. Rep. Jennifer Benally, D-Tuba City, said the County Supervisors Association told her the cost just to those governments would be $59 million a year in what she called “unfunded mandates.”

And that, she said, is on top of more than $30 million in shifts of state obligations to counties in the new budget.

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