Both houses of the Arizona state legislature voted unanimously Tuesday to create a “funeral protection zone” preventing disruption from protestors at the funerals of those killed in Saturday’s shooting, the Arizona Republic reported. The legislation, which was signed into law later in the day by Gov. Jan Brewer, is in response to a statement by Rev. Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, that he and his band of followers would picket at the funerals.
Judge John M. Roll, murdered in Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson, was the leading judicial voice supporting former Graham County, Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack in his 1997 lawsuit against the federal government. Mack is a speaker, states’ rights advocate and author of The County Sheriff: America's Last Hope.
“We’ve had some incidents where TSA authorities think that congresspeople should be treated like everybody else,” Rep. James Clyburn (left, D-S.C.) told Fox News Sunday.