Governor Brewer Vetoes ‘Birther Bill’ And Legislation To Allow Guns On College Campuses
April 20, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has rejected two pieces of legislation that received ample support from GOP lawmakers.
On April 18, the Republican governor vetoed a bill that would have allowed guns on public college campuses, as well as a proposal that would have required Presidential candidates to prove they were born in the United States before being placed on the State ballot.
In an interview with FOX News, Brewer admitted that while she supports the expansion of gun owners' rights, she said the bill passed by the Arizona Legislature was "sloppily written" and would likely face legal challenges. She claimed that the law could be misconstrued to include K-12 schools, where Federal law prohibits firearms.
In regards to the "birther bill," Brewer said that the new law could open the door to "arbitrary or politically-motivated decisions," quoted by CNN. The legislation, which would grant power to the Arizona Secretary of State to confirm a candidate's birth status and subsequent ballot eligibility, was approved by Arizona legislators last week.
Lawmakers in Arizona can override Brewer's veto with a two-thirds majority vote.