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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."
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.
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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