Oklahoma House Votes to Override Governor’s Veto of Pro-Second Amendment Bill
Well, that didn’t take long. As we reported earlier this week, the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin (R), vetoed a bill that would have ensured that citizens of OK would be able to get sign off on NFA paperwork for silencers (suppressors), short barreled rifles/shotguns, and other regulated weapons by requiring that sheriffs and police chiefs sign off on the applications.
Now it looks like the bill, which was strongly supported in the legislature, still has a chance. According to the NRA-ILA, the state House voted to overturn the veto yesterday and the Senate could vote as early as today,
Contact your state Senator immediately – the Senate could vote to override the Governor’s veto as early as tomorrow!
Today, the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to override the Governor’s surprising veto of NRA-supported House Bill 2461 by a bipartisan 86-3 vote. As previously reported, HB 2461 was sent to Governor Fallin (R) for her signature following nearly unanimous passage in the Oklahoma Legislature. HB 2461 originally passed by a 92 to 1 vote in the House and passed unanimously in the Senate. Please thank state Representative Mike Turner (R-82) and House Speaker Jeffrey Hickman (R-58) for their leadership and tireless support of the Second Amendment in Oklahoma.
On behalf of our members, the NRA hopes to see this issue resolved in both legislative chambers this year, and will continue to work in every way towards a legislative victory for Oklahoma firearms owners. Should the state Senate also act, Oklahoma would be the fifth state to enact this legislation this year, following Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and Utah.
Unfortunately, this legislation has been grossly misrepresented. HB 2461 would not attempt to regulate a federal agency, but instead would make an important policy improvement designed to 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 items regulated under the NFA. 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.
Please contact your state Senator immediately and respectfully urge him or her 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 Senator can be found here.