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 Post subject: Senate Votes to Override Veto of Gun Legislation
PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2003 11:38 pm 
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By DAVID A. LIEB
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri senators voted Thursday to override Gov. Bob Holden's veto of a bill that would restrict the ability of governments to sue gun manufacturers.

The 23-10 vote sends the bill to the House and marks the third time in two days that one of the two chambers has voted to override Holden's vetoes.

On Wednesday, the House voted to override Holden vetoes on an abortion bill and bill allowing Missourians to carry concealed guns. The Senate was debating Thursday whether to also override the vetoes of those bills.

The separate gun-lawsuit legislation would prohibit cities, counties and the state from suing gun manufacturers.

It also would place into state law an assertion that the "lawful design, marketing, manufacture, distribution or sale of firearms or ammunition to the public is not an abnormally dangerous activity and does not constitute a public or private nuisance."

The bill was prompted by a lawsuit filed three years ago by the city of St. Louis against gun makers, seeking to recover millions of dollars spent on dealing with gun violence.

Still pending in federal court, the lawsuit alleges the firearms industry historically opposed laws on gun safety devices, gun warnings and tighter regulation of gun sales.



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