A group that advocates for pro-gun state legislation in Arizona is reacting to the Connecticut school shooting by saying that relaxing laws that ban guns from public schools would provide real protection that's now lacking.

The Arizona Citizens Defense League says it's long past time to at least allow school employees to be trained and armed so they can deal with situations like the Connecticut shooting.

League spokesman Charles Heller said the group is still considering options for 2013 legislation in Arizona and that he can't specify what will be proposed.

Several bills have been introduced in the Arizona legislature to allow guns in public buildings, including on the state's university campuses. None has gone into effect, including one vetoed by Gov. jan Brewer, who otherwise has been an advocate for the Second Amendment.

The idea that guns could be allowed in schools drew criticism from an Arizona legislator who in 2011 unsuccessfully sought to ban extended magazines.

Rep. Steve Farley said allowing guns in schools would amount to an "arms race."