Arizona State Senator John Kavanagh has announced that he and the state GOP are planning to push a proposal that would allow concealed-carry permits holders to carry guns into some public buildings.
The legislation dubbed Senate Bill 1243 was penned by Senator John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills and is currently in the process of awaiting its first state Senate hearing.
This new firearms proposal comes after Senator Kavanagh pushed a similar bill last year, but failed to pass through the Arizona state Congress. Efforts in previous years have also failed.
The legislation would require operators of public establishments to allow permit-holders to carry their firearms unless they employ security guards and metal detectors at entrances. Courtrooms, federal buildings, high schools and universities and the Maricopa Medical Center are exempt.
Kavanagh said Tuesday that people screened for weapons permits can be trusted in public buildings. Democratic Sen. Steve Farley says there are plenty of buildings without screenings where guns should be banned.
Only time will tell if this will be the year where this legislation will pass and Kavanagh will finally get his win. We will keep you updated here.