Override of Arkansas gun measure clears first vote in Senate

Override of Arkansas gun measure clears first vote in Senate

Gov. Asa Hutchinson/State of Arkansas (KY3) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Monday voted to override Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of a bill prohibiting local police from enforcing federal gun restrictions, moving closer to enacting the measure despite objections that it would jeopardize public safety. The majority-Republican Senate voted 21-12 in favor of overriding Hutchinson’s veto of the legislation, which would impose criminal penalties on state and local police for assisting federal authorities in enforcing gun restrictions that sponsors say violate the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. “If there’s one issue I’ve heard from my constituents coming in, it’s, ‘protect me from what’s coming from D.C.,’” Republican Sen. Bob Ballinger, a supporter of the bill, said during a debate on the override. The override attempt next moves to the House, where it needs a simple majority to pass. The Republican governor vetoed the measure Friday, saying it would threaten cooperation between Arkansas and federal law enforcement. He also said it would jeopardize hundreds of criminal cases. The override fight sharply divided Republicans, with Hutchinson and Senate President Jimmy Hickey saying Sen. Gary Stubblefield, the bill’s sponsor, reneged on an agreement to sustain the governor’s veto. Hickey and Hutchinson said the three had reached an agreement on a scaled-back alternative bill that would have made several changes, including removing the criminal penalties for officers who don’t comply. “This is 100 percent against that (agreement) and could have dire consequences for our citizens,” Hickey told Stubblefield during […]

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