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Arizona governor vetoes college campus gun bill

Arizona governor vetoes college campus gun bill

April 19th, 2011 by PAUL DAVENPORT, Associated Press in News

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed guns on public rights of way on public university and community college campuses.

Brewer, a Republican, has signed other major gun rights measures over the last two years. But she said in her veto message Monday that she rejected the campus bill because it was "poorly written."

The governor says the measure didn't define a public right of way and could have been interpreted to apply to K-12 schools in addition to universities and community colleges.

The bill originally would have allowed the carrying of concealed weapons in buildings, including classrooms. The Senate amended it partway through the legislative process to apply only to rights of way.

Texas lawmakers are considering legislation similar to the original Arizona bill.