Phoenix — A Senate committee has passed two firearms bills broadening and protecting the state's Second Amendment rights.
House Bill 2320 by Republican Rep. Brenda Barton of Payson requires public places such as libraries to allow permit-holders to carry firearms or establish security guards and metal detectors.
House Bill 2431 by Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff creates a state compact that prevents member states from passing firearms transfer laws more restrictive than federal law.
Opponents say Barton's bill would cost cities and towns millions in security upgrades while Thorpe's bill limits state sovereignty.
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed both bills on a 5-3 vote Tuesday. They now move to the floor for debate.
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