Arizona bill on guns in government buildings vetoed

As a gun owner, I agree with the Governors decision to not allow guns in government buildings. Not only from a cost standpoint but from a “well duh” viewpoint.

The Arizona Republic
by Alia Beard Rau and Mary Jo Pitzl
Apr. 30, 2011 12:00 AM

At the start of this year’s legislative session, some Arizona lawmakers and gun-rights organizations were sure this would be a banner year for gun rights.

They had one of the most conservative legislatures in the state’s history, a governor with a solid pro-Second Amendment record and a handful of bills that would put guns on college campuses and inside public buildings.

But, despite a strong bloc of lawmaker support, the bills faced hurdles at every turn. They were watered down to ensure passage through the Legislature. This week, they met their end on Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk.

Brewer on Friday night vetoed Senate Bill 1201, which would have required state and local governments to either allow guns in public facilities or secure those buildings with metal detectors and armed guards. Last week, she vetoed SB 1467, which would have allowed guns on college-campus rights of way.

The vetoes shocked gun advocates.

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