Gov. Asa Hutchinson has been overridden on a bill that would declare federal firearm laws and regulations that “infringe” on the Second Amendment to be invalid.
To the sound of cheers in the Arkansas Senate chambers, senators voted to override Hutchinson’s veto of Senate Bill 298. Hutchinson vetoed the bill on Friday, April 23 after the bill was passed by the Senate on Wednesday, March 31 in a 28-8 vote and by the Arkansas House of Representatives in a 76-18 vote on Thursday, April 15.
This bill would create the Arkansas Sovereignty Act of 2021, which holds that federal firearm laws that infringe on the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution would be null and void in the state of Arkansas.
Specifically, the bill would make registering or tracking of firearms, accessories, or ammunition that “could have a chilling effect” on firearm purchase or ownership null and void. It would also prohibit state officers and employees, as well as county, municipality or state agents in Arkansas from enforcing federal firearm statues, executive orders or federal agency directives that conflict with the Arkansas Sovereignty Act.
Senators overrode the veto with a 21-12 vote with two senators not voting. To completely override a veto, the House and the Senate must vote in favor of the veto with a simple majority.
The bill will now be transmitted to the House, where representatives will vote to veto the bill or not.