March 20, 2012
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Sen. Gould blames redistricting for death of guns-on-campus bill
The controversial “guns on campus” bill has died quietly for lack of support in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the bill’s sponsor has confirmed. The bill (SB 1474) spurred a vehement public outcry, but its death got little attention. “The bill ceased to move forward about three weeks ago,” said Senator Ron Gould, the sponsor of the bill and a candidate for the redrawn District 4 congressional seat that now includes Rim Country.
Rim Country this year finds itself in a completely new congressional district — but incumbent Rep. Paul Gosar hopes we’ll end up with the same congressman — which would be him. However, first he’ll have to get through an already wild Republican primary slated for Aug. 28. Gosar faces Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose campaign has gotten tangled in allegations he threatened to force the deportation of his gay Mexican lover unless his partner promised to keep their year-long relationship a secret. Babeu has admitted that he’s gay, but denied the allegations.