Arizona senator’s handling of her gun draws fire

2011-07-11T16:11:00Z 2011-07-12T11:31:30Z Arizona senator’s handling of her gun draws fireThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 11, 2011 4:11 pm  • 

PHOENIX — An Arizona state senator’s handling of her gun is drawing criticism from a fellow lawmaker.

An Arizona Republic story about Anthem Republican Lori Klein’s carrying of a gun in her purse while at the Legislature said she showed off its laser sighting by pointing it at a reporter interviewing her in the Senate lounge.

According to Klein, the gun has no safety but there was no danger because she didn’t have her hand on the trigger.

Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo of Phoenix said Klein’s handling of the gun was unsafe and that it was unconscionable for her to knowingly aim a loaded gun at someone.

He called for an ethics inquiry and said lawmakers should be prohibited from taking guns into the Senate.

Klein didn’t immediately return a call Monday.

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