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NRA convention faces problems over booze and guns

PHOENIX — There are laws on the books that prevent the mixing of booze and guns in public places where alcohol is served.

The people running the Phoenix Convention Center want to temporarily suspend part of the center’s liquor license that bans carrying weapons where booze is served.

Convention officials say gun owners attending next week’s National Rifle Association convention would not be able to bring weapons into the convention center complex.

Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control spokeswoman Lee Hill calls it an unusual request to suspend a liquor license and even more unusual to do it for a weapons event.

The convention catering company general manager Mark Wallace said alcohol will only be served in three areas where receptions are held. Wallace said the NRA also plans to operate a gun-check area.

The NRA was not available for comment Monday.

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