Second Amendment supporters and gun owners in the state of Oklahoma thought they scored a significant victory when Senate Republicans in the Oklahoma state legislature overwhelmingly passed a constitutional carry bill by a vote of 33-9. Now, Republican Governor Mary Fallin crushed that victory with the stroke of her pen.
The constitutional carry bill would have allowed individuals 21 and older–who had passed a background check–to carry openly, as well as concealed, without a license or permit. Furthermore, individuals serving in the military, as long as they were 18-years-old, would have had the right to constitutional carry. The law still barred criminals under state and federal law from carrying, and, according to the Associated Press, it would not have expanded constitutional carry to areas where carrying a firearm was already prohibited:
The bill excludes anyone prohibited by state or federal law from owning a weapon as well as those convicted of assault and battery, domestic abuse, violating a protective order or drug crimes.
A background check would still be required before a person could purchase a firearm and handguns would remain prohibited in places where they are currently banned, including elementary schools, colleges, universities and government buildings.
However, Gov. Fallin decided to veto the legislation.
Her veto of the gun bill dealt a rare blow to the National Rifle Association in a conservative state. But the proposal to authorize adults to carry firearms without a permit or training was opposed by law enforcement officials, who said it would weaken background checks and hurt public safety.
In a statement announcing her veto, Fallin stressed her support for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms and noted she had signed concealed and open carry measures in the past.
“I believe the firearms laws we currently have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal,” she said.
Good Freaking Grief! The people, through their legislator spoke, Governor, you ignored their voice