California Governor vetoes 'kirpan' bill Washington: A bill to educate law enforcement officers about the religious significance of 'kirpans' has been vetoed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who found it "unnecessary," drawing angry reaction from the Sikh community in the US. The decision came as a shock to the organisations, individuals and lawmakers who supported the bill. The veto was particularly surprising given bipartisan votes in favour of the bill in both houses of legislature, advocacy group Sikh Coalition said in a statement. The bill was passed unanimously in both Houses, by 77-0 in the Assembly and by 36-0 in the Senate. "This loss for the Sikh community is a reminder of our serious lack of political clout in this state. After months of hard work and 100 per cent support from our lawmakers, the Sikh voice was still not strong enough to overcome the whim of one man," said Prabhjot Singh, Sikh Coalition Board chairman. The Bill AB 504 was introduced in February 2009 by Assembly member Warren Furutani to use education to help stem the arrests of Sikhs for carrying kirpans in California. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the arrests of Sikhs nationwide for carrying kirpans in the absence of an understanding among law enforcers. Police mistakenly believe them to be in violation of concealed weapons laws, the Sikh Coalition said. "AB 504 was our first attempt to change this," the statement said.