To the surprise of the bill’s sponsor, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Tuesday that that would have allowed concealed-carry permit holders to take their guns into government buildings.
House Bill 2339 would have allowed people with concealed-carry permits to bring weapons into government buildings unless security measures - including armed guards, metal detectors and gun lockers - are in place. The measure excluded public K-12 schools, community colleges and universities.
Also on Tuesday, Brewer vetoed a Republican-sponsored gun bill that would have imposed fines on cities, towns and their lawmakers if they enforce gun ordinances that are more strict than the state’s laws. That bill, House Bill 2517, was sponsored by Rep. Steve Smith of Maricopa.
Brewer, a Republican, has been supportive of other gun bills.
Last week, she signed into law House Bill 2483, which bans cities, counties and towns from restricting the shooting of guns on private property as long as the nearest occupied structure is more than a quarter-mile away.