PHOENIX — An Arizona lawmaker who invited a bulletproof vest retailer to
the Capitol so fellow members of the House and Senate could consider purchasing
one has canceled the event.
Rep. Bob Thorpe said after he sent an email to members last week he was advised
by the House Republicans’ lawyer it might be considered improper to have someone
making sales pitches to lawmakers on state property.
The freshman Republican
from Flagstaff on Monday called his idea a “rookie mistake” and he instead
plans to provide contact information for the retailer to legislators.
Thorpe said he wanted to provide Democratic and Republican members safety
options in light of the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in
2011 and the recent fatal shooting of a Texas prosecutor and his wife.