Arizona Senate Wants To Allow Guns In Public Buildings

Feb 28, 2017

The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a proposal that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry guns into many public buildings.

The proposal is Republican Sen. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills latest attempt to push the legislation, after a bill by him last year failed to pass.

Senate Bill 1243 would require operators of public establishments to allow permit-holders to carry their firearms unless their buildings have security guards and metal detectors at their entrances.

Opponents say the legislation could lead to more dangerous situations in public facilities and incur an unacceptable cost to cities.

Kavanagh said Monday no harm can come from allowing people with concealed-carry permits to carry weapons in public buildings.

Legislators approved Kavanagh's proposal on a voice vote. It awaits a formal Senate vote.