AZ Rocks!

March 25, 2010 at 08:43 (Constitution/Constitutional Issues, Guns, News)


One might ask why a law was needed to give their people a right guaranteed by the Constitution, but at least they are doing it.

PHOENIX — State senators voted Tuesday to let anyone who can legally have a weapon carry it beneath a jacket, in a purse or otherwise hidden.

SB 1108 would eliminate all the penalties that now exist when someone has a concealed weapon without first getting a state permit. That permit requires the holder to attend a training class, which covers everything from the laws on when people can use deadly physical force to proving the person actually can handle the weapon.

It also requires a background check.

The bill requires a final roll-call vote before going to the House.

Current state law allows virtually all adults to have loaded weapons as long as they are visible.

Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, said that law is of little help to many. He said that especially includes women who may want a gun to protect themselves but don’t particularly want to strap a holster over a dress.

Pearce also said that having more citizens who are armed would deter criminals, who don’t obey gun laws in the first place. He said they might think twice before attacking people who otherwise appear defenseless.


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