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AZ governor not so friendly after all
Senate barely fails to override veto on firearms bill
Apr. 27, 2006 12:00 AM
The Republican-led Arizona Senate narrowly voted against overriding Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano's veto of a bill that would have prohibited the imposition of firearms restrictions during a declared state of emergency.
"This is America. This is not a police state," said Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City. "This is the governor by her veto trying to take her authority over the Second Amendment."
The vote on the rare override attempt was 19-9, just one vote short of the required 20 votes, two-thirds of the 30-member Senate.
Veto attempts are rare because of the political sensitivity for lawmakers of the same party as a governor and, more generally, the difficulty of passage due to the two-thirds requirement.
Napolitano's April 17 veto letter said that she supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms but believed the bill went too far because it opened the door for "serious consequences."
She cited an example of government officials being barred from ordering that an ammunition cache be moved from the path of a forest fire.
Several Democratic senators said they felt put on the spot.
Democratic Sen. Marsha Arzberger of Willcox voted with all 18 majority Republicans in supporting the override. "This is very uncomfortable for me," Arzberger said.
Democratic Sen. Robert Cannell of Yuma voted for the bill backed by the National Rifle Association but said he was not willing to support an override because he didn't want to tie the governor's hands. If there's a civil emergency, "somebody has to take control in that situation," he said. Ten other Democrats voted against the override, and Senate Minority Leader Linda Aguirre was absent.
Override supporters said Senate Bill 1425 was a reaction to authorities' confiscation of weapons from New Orleans residents during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
By the way, she's a Clinton democrat.
Be who you are & say what you will,
Those that matter won't mind and those that mind don't matter.
I'm a bitter clinger, One Nation Under God.
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