- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has passed a measure that would allow retired police officers to carry firearms into bars.

Democratic Sen. Steve Farley of Tucson derided the bill Monday saying guns and liquor don’t mix no matter what career a person comes from.

Republican Rep. Sonny Borrelli sponsored the measure that would allow retired sheriffs and police officers who served at least 10 years and were honorably discharged to carry their firearm into bars and stores that sell liquor.

Advocates say retired officers should be trusted and are some of the best people to handle the volatile situations that can happen while people are drinking alcohol.

The Senate adopted House Bill 2030 on a 19-8 vote. It still needs a final House vote before moving to the governor’s desk.

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