Late-emerging legislation to allow Arizonans to carry concealed weapons without state permits is drawing criticism from law enforcement officials.
The bill also would toughen penalties for use of a concealed weapon while committing crimes and allow people with permits to enter schools and most other public buildings. A Senate committee is scheduled to hear the bill today.
Attorney General Terry Goddard, sheriffs and police chiefs criticized the bill, saying the lack of permits and required firearms training would pose risks for officers and community safety.
Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen of Snowflake says she’s sponsoring the bill because Arizonans have a right to defend themselves and shouldn’t have to put up with burdensome permit requirements.