- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A bill that would ensure residents could carry concealed weapons on or near school grounds as long as it’s on a public street, sidewalk or alley maintained by a municipality has been approved by the Arizona Senate.

Republican Rep. Kelly Townsend of Mesa sponsored the bill that would stop the State Board of Education and the Arizona Board of Regents from establishing rules that block people from carrying concealed weapons in their vehicles or on their person on public rights-of-way.

The Senate passed House Bill 2338 on a 19-10 vote Thursday. The proposal now heads to governor’s desk.

Advocates say the bill is necessary for places like Arizona State University’s downtown campus that has buildings throughout downtown Phoenix.

Opponents say the bill is overly broad.

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