PHOENIX (AP) - The Republican-controlled House has passed two bills expanding gun owners' rights to carry concealed weapons in public places and limiting the state's ability to regulate firearms transfers.
Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff sponsored House Bill 2431 to create a state compact that prevents member states from passing firearms transfer laws more restrictive than federal law.
Opponents say Barton's bill would cost cities and towns millions in security upgrades while Thorpe's bill limits state sovereignty.
House Bill 2320 passed on a 33-25 vote and House Bill 2431 passed on a 34-24 vote Thursday. They now move to the Senate.
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