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Oklahoma Governor “Shows Respect” for 2A By Rebuffing NRA And Vetoing SB 1212

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Governor Fallin Believes State’s “Few And Reasonable” Gun Laws Should Stay

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Mary Fallin, Republican Governor of Oklahoma, vetoed Senate Bill 1212, which would have eliminated firearms safety training requirements and eased regulations on background checks.

This is a surprising decision to go against the NRA, who was in support of the self-defense legislation.

Introduced in February and passed overwhelmingly by both the state’s House and Senate, the final version of the bill basically would have removed the need to get a state-issued license to carry a gun for the purposes of self-defense. The National Rifle Association’s Oklahoma state director Travis Couture-Lovelady put it this way

Every law-abiding citizen should have the right to protect and defend themselves without first getting government permission. Twelve states have adopted what are called “constitutional carry” laws to ensure that law-abiding gun owners can protect themselves without first getting government permission.

Couture-Lovelady continued –

Constitutional carry laws have made individuals, communities and states safer. According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, “In 2014, the seven states [at that time] with constitutional carry had much lower rates of murder and violent crime than did the seven jurisdictions with the lowest percentages of permit holders. Indeed, the murder rate was 31 percent lower in the states not requiring permits. The violent crime rate was 28 percent lower.”

Following the veto, Chris W. Cox, the Executive Director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, had this to say 

Gov. Fallin vetoed this important piece of self-defense legislation despite the state legislature’s overwhelming approval of the bill and her commitment to NRA members to support constitutional carry when she ran for reelection. Make no mistake, this temporary setback will be rectified when Oklahoma residents elect a new, and genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor.

Here is the text of the press release in full –

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MARY FALLIN

MEDIA CONTACT:
Michael McNutt, Communications Director
Michael.McNutt@gov.ok.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2018

Governor May Fallin Vetoes Senate Bill 1212

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today vetoed Senate Bill 1212, which would have eliminated the requirement to complete a short firearms safety and training course from a certified instructor and demonstrate competency with a pistol before carrying a gun in public. The governor issued the following statement:

“Oklahoma is a state that respects the Second Amendment. As governor, I have signed both concealed-carry and open-carry legislation. I support the right to bear arms and own a pistol, a rifle, and a shotgun.

“Oklahomans believe that law-abiding individuals should be able to defend themselves. I believe the firearms requirement we current have in state law are few and reasonable. Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearms in Oklahoma. It reduces the level of the background check necessary to carry a gun.

“SB 1212 eliminates the current ability of Oklahoma law enforcement to distinguish between those carrying guns who have been trained and vetted, and those who have not.

“Again, I believe the firearms laws we currently have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal, and serve to reassure our citizens that people who are carrying handguns in this state are qualified to do so.”

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How do our readers feel about this decision? Does this make it harder to defend yourself in Oklahoma?

 

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