From the paper today, just thought I'd restart a discussion here: PHOENIX — Arizona is on the verge of becoming the third state in the nation to let just about any adult carry a concealed weapon. Without a word of debate, the House voted 36-19 on Wednesday to eliminate the criminal penalties that now exist if someone carries a concealed weapon without first getting the necessary state permit. The Senate already has approved the measure. That leaves only the anticipated signature of Gov. Jan Brewer on Senate Bill 1108. The change would become official 91 days after the legislative session ends, which at the current projection would put the law on the books at the end of July. Gubernatorial press aide Paul Senseman said she wants to review the final version before making a decision. But he indicated that, barring something unexpected in the bill, it will get her signature. “Gov. Brewer has been a longtime supporter of and vigorous protector of Second Amendment rights,” he said. And Brewer herself, talking about Arizona history last year to the National Rifle Association, cited what she said was this state’s long tradition of people with guns, often not visible. “You know, a saloon girl or two were even known to keep a derringer in their garter belt, just in case,” she said. Only Vermont and Alaska permit any adult to carry a concealed weapon. Under current Arizona law, any qualified adult, meaning not a convicted felon or someone mentally incapacitated, can openly carry a gun. But Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, one of the main proponents of the change, said that right, while perhaps sufficient in territorial days, is meaningless now. He said it effectively disarms a woman who would want to have a gun in a purse or anyone who would like a gun on their hip but also wear a jacket. Supporters also argued that those who do not want to carry openly should not have to get permission from the state. Getting a permit currently requires attending an eight- hour, state-approved class. Subjects include the legality of the use of deadly force, marksmanship and judgmental shooting. Applicants must also undergo a criminal background check. Arizonans will still be able to get a state-issued concealed-weapon permit even after the new law takes effect. One of the main benefits is that other states with their own permitting system routinely honor licenses issued in Arizona. A separate law, which makes it illegal to have a gun in a bar or restaurant where alcohol is served, contains an exception for those who have a concealed-carry permit. However, police will still be able to arrest those who don’t have a permit but still carry a concealed weapon into one of those areas. Brewer has signed every bill to loosen restrictions on weapons that has reached her desk. Just last week, she inked her approval to a bill to prohibit cities from having gun restrictions that are more stringent than state laws.