In a seemingly unrelated matter, Arizona lawmakers renew push to dump Common Core education standards – money quote:
“It’s been proven time and time again that local control is best control,” said Sen. Judy Burges, R-Sun City West, sponsor of one of the measures.
Unless of course we are talking about bills from the gun lobby. The House voted to approve HB 2517 on Wednesday, the bill designed to punish the City of Tucson for having enacted a couple of local gun safety ordinances that in no way interfere with the right of gun ownership. Arizona House passes bill allowing guns in more public buildings:
Rep. Victoria Steele, D-Tucson, said she believes the legislation is aimed at her hometown. Tucson has enacted requirements for gun owners to report lost weapons and allows police to request a breath sample from someone who has negligently discharged a firearm and appears intoxicated.
Rep. Ethan Orr, R-Tucson, said state pre-emption of local gun regulations is necessary for uniformity. Otherwise, he said, gun owners who live in Marana could inadvertently find themselves in legal trouble while carrying their weapons into Tucson. “That kind of chaos is unacceptable,” Orr said.
Who knew that the “mythical moderate Republican” Ethan Orr (R-Tucson) is actually Dr. Peter Venkman: “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!”
The “mythical moderate Republican” Ethan Orr also voted for HB 2339,which allows anyone who has gone through the state-required training and background check for a CCW permit to ignore posted “no guns” signs, whether or not there are gun lockers available.
“The bill does allow governments to maintain their weapons-free zones. But they would have to put metal detectors and armed guards at each public entrance in addition to the lockers.”
The added expense to local governments is one of the reasons why Gov. Jan Brewer, a friend of the NRA, has twice previously vetoed similar measures in 2011 and 2012. The gun worshipers and fetishists just keep coming back. This bill attempts to address Governor Brewer’s other concerns for her veto of previous bills:
To get the measure approved, Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, had to include some specific exemptions.
For example, CCW permit holders could not bring their weapons into public schools, community colleges or universities. Also off limits would be any public event with a liquor license, a provision designed to keep them out of large sports arenas[.]
The “mythical moderate Republican” Ethan Orr is working on his 100% rating from the gun lobby. Remember, Orr represents the district in which the mass shooting in Tucson at the Safeway store occurred in January 2011. His constituents are none too happy about his voting to punish the City of Tucson that he represents for adopting common sense gun safety ordinances, nor making concealed carry weapons in public buildings more readily available.