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Arizona Gun Laws Provide Interesting Case Nationally

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Arizona gun laws have been targeted by two national organizations facing off in the fight over which laws get passed. The Arizona Republic reported millions of dollars were spent in the last election cycle by the National Rifle Association and Americans for Responsible Solutions. The two groups are on opposite sides of the gun debate. Both want to influence Arizona gun laws.

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The NRA would have Arizona gun laws continue to maintain and protect the open freedoms allowed in that state — and rarely elsewhere in the country. Arizona gun laws allow the open or concealed carry of firearms without a permit. According to state statutes, it is legal to openly carry a gun in a holster or scabbard, even if only part of the holster or scabbard is visible. It is legal to carry a firearm in luggage and any other kind of case or pack designed to carry a gun within a storage compartment of a car.

Americans for Responsible Solutions is the lobbying group founded by former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. The group argues that tighter gun controls make for “smart laws.” Giffords was shot in the head in 2011 at a suburban Tucson event where she was meeting and greeting constituents outside a supermarket. Six people were killed by the same man who shot Giffords. The group she founded supports tighter gun laws throughout the country.

Both groups pumped advertising dollars into the state during this year's midterm election cycle.

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The state continues to lessen gun control laws, but still prevents the carry of weapons into public buildings and events. Gov. Jan Brewer issued a statement in her veto letter saying the law would have put undo pressure on organizations to have security at events.

Brewer also recently vetoed a bill that would have allowed people to sue cities or towns for enacting gun rules that were stricter than the state. The bill would have held public officials personally liable for making these kinds of rules. A similar resolution, supported by the NRA, passed this year in Pennsylvania. Cities in that state have now sued over the Pennsylvania legislation.

Arizona gun laws, like those in Pennsylvania, already state a city gun law cannot be more restrictive than a state law. However, Arizona does not apparently have the difficulty with big cities flouting the state statue the way Pennsylvania does. According to The Arizona Republic, Brewer said she vetoed the bill because it was “vague” and “punitive.”
The Republic reported, as in other states, the National Rifle Association, supported the bills. Towns and counties opposed the law.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.


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