Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs bill limiting funeral protests
A shrine to the victims of a shooting rampage Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, grows larger Tuesday.
January 11th, 2011
09:15 PM ET

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs bill limiting funeral protests

[Updated at 9:15 p.m. ET] Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed emergency legislation Tuesday night setting limitations on protests at funerals. The bill is aimed at the Westboro Baptist Church, which plans to picket the funerals of those who died in Saturday's shootings.

[Posted at 5:50 p.m. ET] The Arizona Legislature unanimously has passed a bill meant to stop church from protesting at funerals of Tucson shooting victims.

The vote was 29-0 in the state Senate and 58-0 in the state House. A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer earlier told CNN that she was prepared to sign the bill.

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  1. Gary

    How sad is THIS reality? It takes the slaughter of innocent people(especially a 9yr old) for public officials to agree, and pass legislation. Wow it really is possible to get along and pass appropriate legislation...only at the costs of lives.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Douglas

    I think that the media has gave this 'guy' his defense when they called him 'deranged' etc... I think that the Native Americans might refer to him as a 'shape shifter'. One that changes from human, to animal and back to human form. In looking at his picture in the paper and on TV, who I see is Uncle Festus from The Adams Family. Only difference is that Uncle Festus was harmless and lovable. This guy...Well...

    January 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zeus

    Keep them nutjobs away from any sane person....

    January 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. greglorius

    What about the Afganistan shootings? Gen. Betraius? War and killing is good as long as it's Obamas' War! War is over if you want it!

    January 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. giosil

    Hey VINCE,
    You are showing the same signs of mental instability of the shooter. You are a very strong candidate to become the next mass murder, because that is what you would do it if would come armed to a Sarah Palin event. And I thought that all the haters were from the Tea Party. You are sick man. Get help asap. You should be investigated.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    We need this bill for every states in America.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brandi

    Regardless of the fact that this Westboro group is nasty and is on the express train to Hell, states do not have the right to place limits on free speech. I think the group is disgusting and something needs to be done but in the long run, Arizona is going to have difficulty because of this.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dover

      I am sure this was done to temporarily hobble them so the victims can mourn. By the time it gets through the legal system it will be too late for WBC. Clever move, we should have thought of that before.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dover

    The Arizona Legislature did this to protect the privacy of the mourners to the shooting victims. Very good move. In time, the Westbourough Baptist church will sue them on grounds that their freedom of speech has been violated. The supreme court will overturn the ban. At least the mourners can be left alone. Good tactical move by the Arizona Legislature.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Adrian

    They ban this now? What about all those evil protestors at the funerals of our fallen soldiers? They didn't react quickly for our fallen soldiers. I am glad they did this, but I doubt they would have if no politicians were involved. That is sad as well.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ABP

    Maybe these people would like to take off to a better place, AND STAY THE HELL THERE. May I suggest Jamestown?
    THEIR RIGHTS ENDS WHERE OTHER'S BEGIN. They have the right to protest, but that little girl’s family has the RIGHT to have a proper burial and mourning.
    I hope these word-twisters don't say they interpret the Bible literally. It would beg the question: when was the last time you stoned your child for being disobedient?

    January 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JW

    They will still protest, just further away from the funeral. They'll still get their moment of publicity by the media, and they'll still be full of hate and spilling their hate all over their fellow man. But it isn't the first time that religion has been used to spread hate or violence or murder. In fact, it is the story of time itself.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LittleMo

    I'm not one to thump a Bible never have been – but I do believe and to those who do not – If there is no God, who was watching over Congresswoman Giffords for her to survive a through-and-through shot to the head? Or are you telling the rest of us that was just blind luck?

    January 11, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. zim

    Why has no one climbed a tree with a 300 mag and just sniped the members? If one of my family members funeral got protested I'm sure they would be digging a few more holes.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Vulpine

    Finally! Something Arizona is doing right!

    January 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. markie p

    these people are wackos. churchs are supposed to stay in the back and be support for those who choose to worship. certain christian churchs are starting to act like the extremist muslims im sure they despise. what did these poor victims do to deserve such disrespect . ?

    January 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
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