Normally Pro-Gun Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Two Pro-Gun Bills

April 23 2014
by GSL Staff
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This is a bit of a surprise. Normally Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is considered extremely pro-gun. In fact, she was the one who signed Arizona’s constitutional carry bill into law.

However, earlier today the governor vetoed two pieces of legislation that were seen as being pro-gun.

The first bill would have allowed carry permit holders to carry into government buildings that don’t have security (metal detectors, armed guards, etc). Brewer said this would place a financial burden on cities that didn’t want guns in their buildings,

“I am a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, and I have signed into law numerous pieces of legislation to advance and protect gun rights. However, I cannot support this measure in its proposed form,” Brewer said.

It seems to me that cities shouldn’t be barring carry on their property anyway.

The next bill that was vetoed dealt with state preemption. The bill would have made it a crime for any city or county official to attempt to pass gun control laws stricter than the state. Several states, such as Florida, have similar laws in place and they have been effective in preventing legal battles between local governments and the state. The governor commented as follows on that bill,

“Furthermore, I am troubled by the vague and punitive provision that a person in violation of the statute is ‘subject to termination from employment.’”

Hat tip: Washington Times

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