An Arizona state senator’s handling of her gun is drawing criticism from a fellow lawmaker. (The Associated Press)
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.
Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo of Phoenix called for an ethics inquiry and said lawmakers should be prohibited from taking guns into the Senate.
The Arizona Republic: Audio and transcript of Sen. Lori Klein interview
The Arizona Republic: Senator is Exhibit A for state's big mistake
Last year, our Arizona Legislature, ever defiant, threw out virtually every restriction on the right of an adult to carry a concealed weapon.
No more training, background checks or permitting required, thank you very much.
Today, that same Legislature is providing stark evidence just how imbecilic that decision was.
It’s unlikely that any legislation will change the direction of gun laws in Arizona, but is it wrong to think it’s crazy that a legislator was allowed to bring her gun onto the legislative floor just days after Gabby Giffords was shot? Perhaps, the counter-argument would be that just days after the shooting is the right time to carry a firearm, or that if someone in Giffords’ entourage had been licensed to carry a concealed handgun the tragedy might have been avoided.
Phoenix New Times, Valley Fever blog: Lori Klein, State Senator, Points Loaded Gun at Reporter's Chest; Idiot Move Violates Number One Gun-Safety Rule
We don't begrudge Klein the right to carry a concealed gun, which nearly every non-felon can do under Arizona law.
But this is exactly the type of bad behavior that gives law-abiding firearm owners a bad name.
New York Magazine, Daily Intel blog: Arizona Lawmaker Points a Loaded Pink Handgun at a Reporter
State senator Lori Klein has been in the news for her firearm penchant before: Two days after Gabrielle Giffords was shot, she brought a handgun into the state capitol building. Which seems like a crazy thing to do, so Klein decided to do an interview with an Arizona Republic reporter to clarify the whole situation. That's when she ended up pulling the loaded gun (in the capitol again), to demonstrate its harmlessness.