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Arizona Senate Rejects Bill That Would Allow Guns In Public Buildings

The Arizona Senate has rejected a bill that would let concealed-carry permit holders carry guns in many public buildings. Three Republicans joined all 13 Democrats in opposing the bill.

Republican Senators Kate Brophy McGee, Frank Pratt and Bob Worsley crossed the aisle to provide the margin for defeat.

This is the third time such a measure was voted down.

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

The bill’s sponsor Senator John Kavanagh doesn’t appear deterred. He told the Associated Press that there’s always next year because the Second Amendment doesn’t go away.