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Utah Legislature unlikely to override guv’s gun veto
April 19 deadline » Support for an override appears to fall short of two-thirds majority.

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Christensen argued that some people are uneasy seeing someone openly carrying a firearm. The change to simply allow gun owners to cover up their weapon would be a good compromise.

"The people who are breaking the law will still break the law and the honest people will be impacted … by not passing the bill," he said. "This is one for the good guys, one for the people. That’s how I feel about it."

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How they’re voting

To override Gov. Herbert’s veto of HB76, 20 senators would have to vote in favor of the override.

In favor of a veto override (11) »

Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden

Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem

Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork

Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville

Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City

Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain

Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan

Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper

Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City

Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross

Leaning in favor of an override (1) »

Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden

Undecided (4) »

Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton

Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville

Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton

Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem

Leaning against an override (2) »

Sen. Peter Knudson, R-Brigham City

Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City

Opposed to an override (9) »

Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo

Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City

Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City

Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan

Sen. Pat Jones, D-Holladay

Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City

Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe

Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City

Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Cottonwood Heights

Others (2) »

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, declined to say how he planned to vote.

Sen. Kevin Van Tassell, R-Vernal, could not be reached.

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Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, said his constituents overwhelmingly support the change and "would kill me if I didn’t" vote to override.

But Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Cottonwood Heights, said he has heard the opposite sentiment from his constituents.

"My constituents, every one of my city leaders … and my chiefs of police all opposed HB76," he said. "I know there’s some very vocal advocates for it and they have their reasoning, but I’m going to support the governor and my mayors and my chiefs of police."

Knudson, who voted for the bill during the session, said feedback has been split down the middle. But with the emotion of the session having passed, he has "had the chance to look at the issue from a little more relaxed perspective" and is leaning toward supporting the governor’s veto.

"I think there’s some value to what we have on the books already," Knudson said, "so I’m not sure we need to take the step that the law proposes."

If bill backers manage to muster two-thirds support in both the House and Senate, the override session would have to convene by May 13. It would cost taxpayers between $20,000 and $30,000 to pay for the session.

Since becoming governor in 2009, Herbert has vetoed 10 bills. The Legislature overrode his vetoes twice in 2011 — once on a bill that eliminated a state four-day workweek and another that earmarked sales tax revenue for road projects.

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