TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 15: Alexis Silva, holding her Glock 27 .40 caliber handgun, prepares for target practice at the Southwest Regional Park shooting range near the Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the Pima County Fairgrounds on January 15, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. Today marks one week since Jared Lee Loughner killed six and injured several others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who he shot in the head with a 9-millimeter Glock semiautomatic pistol and who remains in critical condition. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Alexis Silva
Statewide officials and lawmakers would be allowed to carry concealed handguns into sporting events, bars, churches and hospitals under a proposed law.
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee approved the bill on Friday.
Holders of concealed handgun permits are currently not allowed to carry their weapons into places that serve alcohol, sporting events, hospitals or churches. Judges and prosecutors are presently exempt from the limitation. This bill would expand that.
Seven state senators drafted the bipartisan bill, with Houston Sen. Dan Patrick as the lead author. It will now go to the full Senate for a vote.