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Guns in government buildings? Four controversial gun rights bills in Arizona.

The Arizona Legislature is considering an array of bills that would ease state gun control. The bills have generated controversy, since they were crafted only weeks after the Jan. 8 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six and wounded US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others. Among the bills:

- Lourdes MedranoStaff writer

Would eased public gun laws have helped or hurt during the Tucson, Ariz., shooting Jan. 8? (Matt York/AP/File)

2. Guns at public events

Senate Bill 1201 would allow guns in government-run buildings and various public events where there are no metal detectors or armed security. The proposed legislation also gives gun owners the right to sue if they are unlawfully kept from carrying their guns inside public venues.

In debating the bill, state lawmakers on both sides of the issue invoked the Tucson shooting to boost their arguments, which break down by party lines. Republicans who support the bill say people have a right to arm themselves for protection. Democrats say the measure is unnecessary and insulting.


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