Arizona bill could allow guns in public places

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PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona House committee has approved a bill that would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry guns into most public establishments and events.

The bill allows concealed carry permit holders to have guns in places such as government buildings unless security measures - including armed guards, metal detectors and gun lockers - are in place. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a similar bill last year. Supporters of that bill contended it was necessary for public safety.

Republican Rep. Brenda Barton of Payson says law-abiding citizens who have gone through a multi-step process for a concealed carry permit should be able to exercise the constitutional right to carry a gun.

The House Committee of Judiciary approved House Bill 2339 by a 5-3 vote Thursday. It still must be approved by the full House before it goes to the Senate.

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