Arizona high court to hear Mesa tattoo parlor case

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MESA, Ariz. -- The Arizona Supreme Court will take up a Mesa tattoo parlor case.

The court will hear oral arguments March 27 in the case in which a lower court ruled that cities can no longer use long-established regulations to block where certain types of businesses can locate.

Mesa asked the court to hear the case after a three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that tattoo parlors are entitled to the same First Amendment protections as the artwork they produce.

City officials say the ruling was much broader than a single tattoo shop and could change land-use restrictions across Arizona.

Mesa turned down a request in 2009 from Angel Tattoo after Dobson Ranch residents claimed the tattoo parlor was incompatible with the area.

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Information from: East Valley Tribune, http://www.eastvalleytribune.com