She was a district attorney and a Republican candidate for governor when she first went through training and qualified to carry a concealed weapon. Her spokesman, Greg Blair, said Martinez's personal and professional experiences motivated her to arm herself.In Illinois she would be considered unfit to carry--as are all its citizens.
Not only was she a prosecutor, but her husband, Chuck Franco, was undersheriff of Dona Ana County.
"Since she and Chuck both made careers out of taking on dangerous and violent criminals, she decided to get her concealed-carry permit for personal protection, especially when traveling alone or at night on the campaign trail," Blair said.
As governor, Martinez has a security detail, but she still chooses to carry a weapon, Blair said.
Time to change that.