Parents will not be able to bring their loaded weapons onto school campuses, at least not while Katie Hobbs is governor. Nor will students receive training on gun safety. That’s after Hobbs vetoed two measures. || File Photo (modified)
Opinion: Gov. Katie Hobbs has vetoed another bad gun bill – this one to allow parents to bring their loaded weapons to school. Now, where is Hobbs’ plan to keep our schools safe? Arizona’s teachers can breathe a sigh of relief.
By Laurie Robert || The Arizona Republic
Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs has vetoed a bill that would have allowed parents to bring their loaded weapons to their child’s school.
Senate Bill 1331 was the brainchild of freshman Rep. Janae Shamp, R-Surprise, who pitched it as a protection for parents who, when rushing to school after their child falls off the monkey bars, might forget to first unload their weaponry.“You happen to have a concealed-carry weapon in your purse because you are a mother who protects her children with her Second Amendment rights,” she said, during a hearing on the bill. “You forget that you have that in your purse.”
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Me? I’m thinking you should never forget you have a loaded gun in your purse … especially when you enter a school.
Especially when you’re distracted by your child’s injury and might lose track of that loaded purse.
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It’s now a misdemeanor to bring a loaded weapon to school in Arizona, including into the parking lot. Shamp’s argument for her bill – allowing that loaded gun if the parent has a concealed carry permit – illustrates the reason why.
In her veto message, Hobbs ignored Shamp’s parental protection angle, saying she’s more focused on finding a way to protect students and school employees.
“I’m focused on finding concrete solutions to gun violence prevention,” she said.
If so, she might want to check in with Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee.