BREAKING: Oklahoma Governor Unexpectedly Vetoes “Shall Issue” Bill for NFA Items

April 30 2014
by GSL Staff
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1024px-SuppressorsIt’s a day of unexpected executive actions by governors today. Earlier we reported that Georgia’s governor had unexpectedly signed a bill into law that allows campus carry and now we know thatOklahoma’s Governor, Mary Fallin, unexpectedly vetoed a popular gun bill today.

HB 2461 would have made it a requirement for chief law enforcement officers to sign off an applications for tax stamps for NFA items such as silencers (suppressors, short barreled rifles/shotguns, automatic weapons, and any other weapons (AOWs).

Currently, some sheriffs and police chiefs will refuse to sign any and all applications, forcing residents of their jurisdictions to use a trust in order to purchase regulated items.

The bill overwhelmingly passed both houses of the state legislature, and it was widely expected that the governor would sign the bill.

The NRA-ILA released a statement following the veto of the bill:

Today, in a surprising move, Governor Mary Fallin (R) vetoed high-priority NRA-supported legislation, House Bill 2461. As previously reported, HB 2461 was sent to Governor Fallin for her signature following nearly unanimous passage in the Oklahoma Legislature. HB 2461 passed unanimously in the Senate and passed in the House by a 92 to 1 vote.

Authored in the House by state Representative Mike Turner (R-82) and in the Senate by state Senator Nathan Dahm (R-33), HB 2461 would require that a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) sign an application for the transfer of any item regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) within fifteen days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving it.

This important policy improvement would prevent an arbitrary personal bias from determining Oklahoma firearm policy and ensure that qualified, law-abiding Oklahomans will not be denied their ability to legally possess and own NFA items. The reforms in HB 2461 benefit law-abiding Oklahoma Second Amendment supporters by ensuring that the process to obtain NFA items already legal in Oklahoma remains consistent, fact-based and objective.

Despite today’s veto, the NRA will be working tirelessly to ensure passage and enactment of this legislation this year. It is critical that you call your state Representative and Senator and respectfully urge them to work with the NRA to ensure this widely supported important policy improvement does not fall victim to political games. Contact information for your state Representative can be found here. Contact information for your state Senator can be found here. Please thank the bill sponsors for their continued dedication to the enactment of this measure this session.

Also, please call Governor Mary Fallin and send her a clear message that Second Amendment supporters in Oklahoma support this measure and demand enactment of this protection.

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