Sen. Jackson Files Veto Override Notice

Sen. Doug Jackson, sponsor of the so-called “guns in bars” bill vetoed by Gov. Phil Bredesen on Thursday, filed a motion to override the veto on Friday.
On Thursday, Jackson had said he wanted to review the governor’s comments on the veto before making a final decision on seeking an override.
Here is the statement he released Friday:
“Today I filed a motion with the Clerk of the Senate to override the Governor’s veto of HB 962. I do so while acknowledging my respect for the Governor and his outstanding leadership of the state. His veto represents a fundamental difference of opinion between the two branches of state government.
“I gave close attention to the Governor’s press conference. I discerned no new facts or information which the General Assembly has not previously considered during long hours of discussion and debate.
“The House and Senate passed HB 962/SB 1127 by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority. The vote was based on irrefutable facts rather than emotion. Law abiding citizens with handgun permits have established a clear record of safety and responsibility which will continue after HB 962 becomes law.”

The House sponsor, Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, has already declared he will seek an override vote as soon as possible next week and predicted it will succeed.
The National Rifle Association, meanwhile, declares that Bredesen betrayed the trust of firearms owners through his veto. For the news release, click HERE.
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