LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bill that would take away power the governor has to block firearm sales in an emergency has passed in the Arkansas House.
The chamber voted 60-10 with two voting present on Monday to advance the bill to the Senate.
The bill would remove the regulation of firearms from the list of emergency powers granted to the governor during a disaster.
Supporters of the bill argue that if a disaster limits the ability of the government to be responsive, people may need to acquire weapons.
Opponents argued that it would be improper to remove emergency powers that the governor may need to manage the state's response to a catastrophe