A bill that would allow people to carry guns into public buildings where they’re currently banned has met final approval by the Arizona Senate.
Lawmakers Thursday passed a bill that would permit firearms in government buildings unless certain security measures are already in place.
Those measures include law enforcement officers or armed security guards with metal detectors or X-ray machines. Signs and storage lockers would also be required.
Supporters say the bill would protect gun owners’ rights and allow them to defend themselves. Critics say the bill is an unfunded mandate on local governments.
With the Senate’s 19-11 vote, the legislation will now go to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk. Brewer vetoed a similar bill last year.