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House narrowly fails to override veto of gun measure

State lawmakers gave the Blagojevich administration a big victory Thursday, blocking an attempt to resurrect a gun measure and forcing lawmakers to acknowledge that two other gun bills are likely dead, too.

An effort to override Gov. Blagojevich's veto of a law regarding transportation of guns fell just short of success. The vote was 67-44, but the override needed 71 votes to pass.

The sponsor said a public relations and lobbying blitz by the governor, law enforcement and gun control advocates has stalled the gun bills.

''The pressure was amazing, no doubt about it,'' said Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Norris City). ''As of right now, they're dead.''

The measure that failed Thursday would have barred communities from enacting their own regulations for transporting weapons. The effect would have been to create one statewide standard on how to store guns when driving from place to place. ...

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