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Arizona to allow concealed guns without permit

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state to not require a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Brewer's office says she signed the bill Friday. It takes effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends, probably putting the effective date in July or August.

Alaska and Vermont now do not require permits to carry concealed weapons.

Eliminating Arizona's permit requirement will allow people 21 or older to forego background checks and classes that are now required to carry a concealed weapon.

Supporters say the bill promotes constitutional rights and allows people to protect themselves from criminals. Critics worry it will lead to more shootings as people with less training have more access to guns.

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