State Capitol News
Mon July 7, 2008
Napolitano Vetoes Gun Bills
By Howard Fischer
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano vetoed two bills Monday aimed at easing laws on carrying concealed weapons. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
One would have allowed people to have a gun anywhere in a
vehicle, visible or not. The governor said the measure would have
needlessly made traffic stops by police officers more dangerous.
She also vetoed another bill which to forbid police from charging
people with illegally carrying a concealed weapon if any portion
of the gun were visible. She said exposure of a small corner of a
gun handle doesn't inform police or the public the person is
armed. That makes five vetoes of gun bills this year alone. But
gubernatorial press aide Jeanine L'Ecuyer said that doesn't
represent Napolitano's views on the right to bear arms.
(The governor has, in general, been quite supportive of gun
rights. The vetoes were well reasoned. She gave her reasons.
Frankly, the NRA thinks kindly of her and has for a long time.)
But Todd Rathner, a board member of the National Rifle
Association, said the record this session speaks for itself.
(We have to question whether she hasn't turned her back on gun
owners. And I don't know if it's because she's a lame duck or if
she's just not worried about holding statewide office anymore.
I'm not really sure.)
Rathner said that Napolitano, who got a C-minus from the NRA
before her 2006 reelection bid, probably will get an F the next
For Arizona Public Radio, this is Howard Fischer.