Ariz. Gov. signs bill allowing guns in parking lots, barsl

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed 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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Bill will allow concealed weapons in bars - azfamily.com's Kirsten Joyce reports you should count on seeing guns in Valley bars thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer.

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

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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.

Brewer also signed a measure allowing people with concealed weapons permits to carry a gun into bars and restaurants that allow it.

Arizonans with concealed weapons permits will be able to take a handgun into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

That's under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday.

It would require bar and restaurant owners who want to ban weapons to post a sign next to their liquor license. Drinking while carrying a weapon would be illegal.

Before a compromise reached late in the session, the measure pitted powerful groups representing gun and bar owners against each other.

Opponents have said mixing guns and alcohol could cause violence, but supporters said people should be able to protect themselves at businesses that serve alcohol.

The bill originally only applied to establishments with kitchens. It was expanded to include bars.