LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ Republican governor has vetoed legislation that would prohibit local police from enforcing federal gun laws, saying the measure would jeopardize law enforcement and the public.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday rejected the measure sent him by the Republican-led Legislature that would have imposed criminal fines on state and local law enforcement officers for assisting with federal firearms restrictions that it says infringe on the Second Amendment.
The Legislature could still enact the bill by overriding Hutchinson’s veto through a simple majority vote. Lawmakers in more than a dozen states have introduced similar bills this year.