Governor of Arizona Vetoes Bill That Would Have Permitted Concealed Carry in “Sensitive Places” citing Scalia

April 20th, 2012

Scalia’s wrote in Heller that the Court’s opinion should not be read “to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings.”

The Governor of Arizona seems to agree, vetoing a bill that would allow people to bring firearms into public buildings:

Brewer’s veto of the bill, which could have let guns into city halls, police stations, county courts, senior centers, swimming pools, libraries and the state Capitol, was the latest setback for a push to expand the right to carry guns in public places in Arizona. . . .

Citing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in her veto letter, Brewer, who vetoed a similar bill last year, recognized the legitimacy of laws banning guns in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings.

“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,” Brewer wrote in her veto letter.

Usually courts cite the sensitive places dicta. Interesting for an executor to cite it to rebuke the decision of the legislature.

H/T Ian Millhiser