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AZ lawmaker recommends bullet-proof vests

AZ lawmaker recommends bullet-proof vests

CREATED Apr 8, 2013

Web Producer: Sara Wright

PHOENIX (KGUN9 TV) - Tactical vests may be the new attire for Arizona lawmakers.

State Rep. Bob Thorpe sent an email Thursday to Arizona State House and Senate members inviting them to an event at the State Capitol to learn about tactical vests.  

Someone from Arizona Tactical is scheduled to teach lawmakers about the benefits of the protective vest.

In the email, Thorpe wrote the purpose of the event is “to inform our members about the costs and options for those wishing to purchase a vest for personal use, for example at town halls, parades and other events."

In light of the Tucson shooting that injured Gabrielle Giffords, Thorpe feels the vests can only help lawmakers at public events.

He’s gone as far as arranging a deal so lawmakers would pay the same price for the vests as police officers.

While it’s all in an effort to stay safe, other lawmakers feel it’s unnecessary.

"We're here to be in the public, and it's not our job to be paranoid all the time thinking that someone is out to get us," said Rep. Ruben Gallego. "I think the  best defense is actually to have a good, well-trained police force and some good gun laws."

The vests range in price from $600 to $800 and can be hidden underneath a T-shirt or top.

Thorpe’s event with Arizona Tactical will be held Wednesday, April 10 at the State Capitol.