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Guns on Campus Bill/Birther Bill (AZ)

Gov. Brewer Vetoes Birther Bill, Guns on Campus.

PHOENIX - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed two controversial bills passed by both the Arizona Senate and House -- the guns on campus bill and the 'birther' bill.

Guns on Campus Bill: SB 1467

- Would've allowed guns to be carried on public rights of way at public university and community college campuses
- Applies only to "rights of way" -- not inside classrooms
- University presidents opposed the bill
- Student support was mixed

"This bill was very sloppily written and drafted... and we can't even find out a definition, what is a right of way? It just wasn't defined to be able to tell the courts or the policeman how they are going to enforce a law like that," Governor Brewer told us.

Sen. Ron Gould is the bill's sponsor. He says he's disappointed.

"A lot of times in a veto letter, a governor that doesn't want to enact a law will give herself wiggle room by disparaging the legislation so she can get away with vetoing it," he told us. "I thought the governor would sign it, she's always been supportive of gun rights... Bills that are unclear don't come out overwhelmingly through the legislature."

'Birther' Bill: HB 2177

- Would've required President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens before their names can appear on the state's ballot
- Arizona would've become the first state to require such proof
- 13 other states have considered similar proposals this year. The proposals were defeated in Arkansas, Connecticut, Maine and Montana

As for her decision to veto this bill, Gov. Brewer said in part: "I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their 'early baptismal or circumcision certificates'… this is a bridge too far. This measure creates significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona."

Hawaii officials have certified Obama was born in that state, but so-called 'birthers' have demanded more proof.

"I feel uncomfortable as a prior secretary of state that one person would be the gatekeeper for all elected officials, not only fot the president but all legislatures in cities and counties. And I believe the bill doesn't serve Arizona well."

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Unfortunately, Gould did a shity job, so college studendts dont get to protect themselves untill next year. Good job Gould!!

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