- Associated Press - Monday, September 16, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona state Rep. Jay Lawrence is apologizing for saying that black and Hispanic communities “are better armed than the police officers who are supposed to be controlling them” and that they “have firearms galore.”

The Scottsdale Republican said Monday that he “shouldn’t have singled out specific communities.” He issued a statement saying he didn’t intend to denigrate or offend anyone. He also says he’s glad the incident taught him to choose his words more carefully.

The comments at an Aug. 29 forum on gun control were roundly denounced by Democrats.

Lawrence earlier said his comments were unfair and too broad, and that he should have been clear that he was concerned about gangs in those communities. But he stopped short of an apology.

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