Brewer vetoes birther, guns-on-campus bills

Published: Apr. 18, 2011 at 7:58 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:25 PM MST
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PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill to allow guns to be carried on public rights of way on public university and community college campuses.

The bill's scope had been scaled back partway through the legislative process when the Senate amended it to only apply to rights of way.

Brewer said the law was "poorly written" in letter of explanation to Russell Pearce, president of the Arizona Senate.

The bill originally would have allowed carrying of concealed weapons in buildings, including classrooms.

University of Arizona President Robert Shelton issued this statement:

"I am pleased and grateful to Gov. Brewer for her decision to veto SB 1467. Our law enforcement officers, along with many of our faculty and students, were extremely concerned that this bill would have had a detrimental effect on the campus learning environment — one which encourages open and vigorous debate. I appreciate the Governor's decision, which helps us maintain the safety of our campus community."

'Birther bill'

Brewer has also vetoed a bill to require President Obama and other presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names can appear on the state's ballot.

In another letter to Pearce, she said she never imagined presidential candidates would have present their " 'early baptismal or circumcision certificates.' That is a bridge too far."

does not support "designating one person as the gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate."

The bill would have made Arizona the first state to pass such a requirement.

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

We'll have updates as they become available.