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Apr 14, 2012 3:51 PM

Arizona official who survived shooting urges veto

PHOENIX (AP) - An official who survived a shooting is urging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill to generally allow guns in public buildings without certain security features.

Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox cites the 1997 shooting in which she was wounded by a man in a county building. Brewer also was a supervisor at the time.

In a letter urging Brewer to veto the bill, Wilcox says it violates common sense regarding both public safety and fiscal accountability.

Supporters say the bill would allow people with guns to defend themselves and others.

Under the bill, guns would have to be permitted unless a building is protected either by law enforcement officers or armed security guards and metal detectors.

The bill wouldn't affect schools or higher education campuses.

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