Arizona lawmaker cancels bulletproof vest demo

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Associated Press

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 8 at 1:00 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker invited a bulletproof vest retailer to do a demonstration at the state Capitol but canceled the event after a legislative lawyer advised him that making a sales pitch to lawmakers on state property was improper.

Freshman Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe on Monday called his idea a "rookie mistake" and says he instead plans to provide contact information for the retailer to fellow members of the Arizona House and Senate.

Thorpe sent an email last week to lawmakers about the event, which had been planned in the Capitol basement for Wednesday.

He says he wanted to provide Democratic and Republican members safety options in light of the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011 and the recent fatal shooting of a Texas prosecutor and his wife.

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