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Case of first lady driving with cellphone 'has been put to bed,' Schwarzenegger says

October 15, 2009 |  1:32 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was going to take "swift action" after California First Lady Maria Shriver was photographed driving with a cellphone to her ear.

But at a news conference in Los Angeles to announce a new law requiring safe storage and logging of ammunition sales, when asked about what actions he had taken to address the cellphone issue, the governor was hearing none of it.

"That matter has already been put to bed," Schwarzenegger said after an audible gasp from some in the crowd who were upset a reporter had deviated from the topic of public safety legislation.

Schwarzenegger praised the new ammunition law, AB 962 by Assemblyman Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), for striking "an appropriate balance" between the rights of gun owners and protecting the public from criminals.

Perhaps his wife achieved a similar balance by apologizing and promising to donate her cellphone to a local charity.

"It's been dealt with," he said, hurrying into an elevator at the Los Angeles Police Department's dispatch center.

-- Andrew Blankstein at the Metropolitan Dispatch Center

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