Arizona Governor Vetoes Firearm Bill

April 18, 2012 Updated: April 18, 2012

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill to allow guns on public property for a second time.

Brewer, a Republican, said the measure would need wider support from police, the public, and individual cities before she could sign it.

The bill would have let firearms into police stations, courts, libraries, swimming pools, the state Capitol building, and city halls.

Brewer vetoed a similar piece of legislation last year and said there are good reasons why there are bans on guns in sensitive public places.

“The decisions to permit or prohibit guns in these extremely sensitive locations—whether a city council chamber or branch office staffed with state workers—should be cooperatively reached and supported by a broad coalition of stakeholders, including citizens, law-enforcement officials, and local government leaders,” she wrote in a letter Tuesday regarding the veto.

Brewer also cited the “fiscal impact” of the legislation due to the potential improved security measures that would need to be implemented.