Published: Sun, May 13, 2018

Gov. Mary Fallin Vetoes Constitutional Carry Bill

Gov. Mary Fallin Vetoes Constitutional Carry Bill

If she had signed it into law, Oklahoma residents would have been able to hide carry without a license.

Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed Oklahomans to carry guns without a license. Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearms in Oklahoma.

In a statement released Friday evening announcing the veto of SB 1212, Fallin stressed that she supports the Second Amendment and owns firearms herself.

"I believe the firearms laws we now have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal", she said. "Instead of looking out for the well-being of all Oklahomans, Governor Fallin made a decision to discriminate against parents and families who are ready to open their homes and their hearts to children in the child welfare system".

The NRA had supported the bill's passage and had urged Fallin to sign it.

"The new law will bring more adoption services to the state and allow crucial faith-based agencies to continue their decades-long tradition of caring for Oklahoma's most vulnerable children", the bishops said in a statement. Dahm, who is running for Congress, said in a video on Facebook that what he called RINOs, or "Republicans in name only", are "either drinking the Kool-Aid or the swamp water".

"Republican voters believe in the Second Amendment and they believe they should be able to exercise that right with as little interference from the government as possible", Worthen said.

Oklahoma's legislative session has ended, so any further action over the bill will have to wait until next year.

Stevenson is the executive director of Freedom Oklahoma, one of the advocacy groups on the frontlines of opposing State Bill 1140.

Writes Currey Cook, Counsel and Director, Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project, Lambda Legal: "With the stroke of a pen, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin earns the dubious honor of becoming the first governor in 2018 to write anti-LGBT discrimination into law and withhold loving homes from Oklahoma children".

SB 1140 prohibits private child placement agencies that do not receive state or federal funding from being required to participate in child placements "that violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies".

"With over 400,000 children in foster care nationwide, including more than 16,000 in Oklahoma alone, the Oklahoma legislature should be focusing on how it can attract more qualified and loving parents to the system - not rejecting potential homes based on the gender identity or sexual orientation of the parents". "Behind these bills lies an underlying message: We don't want L.G.B.T.Q. people raising children", she said.

Senate Democrats said said the move would have negative impacts, including leading to expensive litigation and harming business recruitment to the state.

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