LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has signed legislation that removes the governor's emergency power to regulate guns during a disaster.
The bill signed by Beebe on Thursday removes the governor's authority during a disaster or emergency to suspend or limit the sale, distribution and transportation of firearms.
Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample says the governor had never exercised the power and didn't see a compelling reason to stop the Legislature's effort to remove it.
Supporters of the bill say it's needed to protect Second Amendment rights. Opponents cautioned that it could impede the governor's ability to adequately lead the state's response to a catastrophe.
The Senate unanimously passed the measure and the House approved it on a 78-9 vote.
The law takes effect 90 days after the House and Senate adjourn.
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