Legislators cleared to carry guns in House

granny_packing_heat_1By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Capitol Times

The next time you’re chatting with lawmakers at the Capitol, don’t be surprised if you notice they’re armed.

House Speaker David Gowan has decided that he is applying the law that allows him to keep weapons out of his building only to staff, lobbyists, media and other visitors. But press aide Stephanie Grisham said that does not mean legislators who have their guns are breaking the law.

Grisham said the law makes it a crime to bring a deadly weapon into a public building “after a reasonable request by the operator of the establishment.’’ She said that means a crime occurs only after someone ignores a request.

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