Ariz. lawmakers OK guns in parking lots bill

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that would allow gun owners to keep firearms in their locked vehicles while they're parked at businesses that ban weapons.

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Lawmakers pass gun-rights bill - Gun owners can now keep their firearms locked up in their vehicle even outside of businesses that have no-gun policies.

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Senators voted 18-9 on Monday to approve the measure, which marks the end of legislative action on the bill. The House approved it last week.

The bill had pitted gun-owners against business groups until they reached a compromise last week.

The compromise allows businesses to ban guns if they provide a fenced or guarded parking lot. They also could ban guns in their main parking lot if they provide a nearby secondary lot that allows them.

Supporters say the compromise balances private property and gun rights, but opponents say it could put people in danger at work.

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