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Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2006 11:58 am | Updated: 4:29 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

State lawmakers are one step away from trimming the rights of the governor to take anyone’s guns in case of emergency.

Legislation given preliminary House approval Tuesday would alter state laws that give a governor the power to “commandeer and utilize any property or personnel deemed necessary’’ when an emergency is declared. SB1425 would exclude firearms, ammunition or any components of either.

The measure also would spell out that the governor’s broad emergency powers do not include the ability to impose “additional restrictions on the lawful possession, transfer, sale, transport, carrying, storage, display or use of firearms or ammunition or firearms or ammunition components.’’ That would prevent any executive order barring the sale of weapons or bullets during an

emergency.

The Senate already approved the measure 25-3, meaning only a final House roll-call vote is necessary before sending it to the governor.

What she will do with the proposal is not clear. Gubernatorial press aide Jeanine L’Ecuyer said Tuesday that Napolitano will not comment until the bill reaches her desk.

Napolitano has repeatedly vetoed measures that she sees as an infringement on her constitutional duties. Most recently she vetoed legislation requiring her to put National Guard troops on the border.

The measure is being pushed by Sen. Dean Martin, R-Phoenix.

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