PHOENIX (AP) — Legislation that would prevent the Arizona Department of Child Safety from imposing rules on guns in foster homes has won approval from a state House panel.

The Arizona Republic reports the House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee voted 5-4 Wednesday to advance the bill to the Rules Committee.

The bill has garnered support from gun rights groups and lawmakers who say foster parents should not be subjected to stricter gun regulations than biological parents.

The Child Safety Department allows guns in foster and group homes, but it currently stipulates that the weapons must be kept unloaded with some kind of trigger lock and ammunition must be locked up.

Opponents of the bill say it increases the state's liability if a child were to be harmed in a gun-related incident.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com