Senate backs veto override on firearm bill

Senate backs veto override on firearm bill

In this April 10, 2019 file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to reporters in his office at the state Capitol in Little Rock. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo, File) The Arkansas Senate on Monday voted to override Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of a bill that would prohibit state and local law enforcement authorities from helping to enforce certain federal gun laws. After a testy debate among some members, the Senate voted 21-12 to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 298 by Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch. Eighteen votes in the 35-member Senate are required to override a veto. The House adjourned without considering an override. Both chambers must agree to override a gubernatorial veto. "I think the important point is that everyone on the Senate floor agreed that the bill was flawed and was unacceptable as is, and that’s the reason I vetoed it," Hutchinson said afterward. "Even though they overrode the veto, they knew it was a bad bill and they got to fix it," the Republican governor said in an interview. Hutchinson said he is hopeful the House will either sustain the veto or get something in the works to remedy the problem with the bill. He said he would be willing to sign a bill patterned after a measure recently enacted in Montana. "I’ll sign that portion of the bill that pushes back against Washington and protects our Second Amendment," but SB298 goes too far, Hutchinson said. SB298, dubbed the "Arkansas Sovereignty Act of 2021," would declare […]

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