Skip to comments.OK:Governor Fallin Vetoes Gun Bills; Legislature Strikes Back
Posted on 05/04/2014 1:25:13 PM PDT by marktwain
Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma vetoed 15 measures on Tuesday, the 29th of April. She described the measures as serving "no significant interest of the citizens". Three of the measures were issues pushed by second amendment supporters that passed the legislature nearly unanimously.
HB 3367 is Oklahoma's knife preemption bill. It passed the House 88-3 and the Senate 45-1. It provides the same protection from local government overreach to knives that Oklahoma already provides for firearms. Several other states have passed similar laws.
HB 2539 cleans up some antique language in the law about justifiable homicide. It passed the House 77-6 and the Senate 45-2.
HB 2461 is a "shall sign" law that requires Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) to allow Oklahoma residents to pay the $200 tax necessary to obtain class III NFA items, which primarily concern gun mufflers, short barreled rifles and shotguns, and automatic firearms. This follows a trend in other states to require CLEOs to process the necessary paperwork. Arizona and Kansas recently passed similar measures. It passed the Oklahoma House 92-1 and the Senate 46-0.
Second Amendment activists have already been busy calling on the Legislature to override these vetoes. It is hard to see what the Governor hopes to accomplish when she vetoes measures with such overwhelming support. The House voted to override the veto of HB 2461, on the NFA transfer tax. The override passed 87-3 on May 4th.
An Oklahoma Legislator, Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs voted for the measure. From watchdog.org:
Dorman characterized the wave of vetoes early this week as a gubernatorial temper tantrum.
Governor Fallin claimed that she took the actions to "send a message" to the Legislature. She complained that they were not working on the actions that she deemed important.
Gillespie said Fallins decision to veto the Second Amendment bills in a conservative state during an election year was the definition of stupid.
What could possibly go wrong?
The guv is a RINO fool.
And people in the blogosphere go nuts when I call people like this governor liberals.
I’m not sure this is the full story. Mary is no tool of the Left, as most OKlahomans have seen her prove on many occasions. I could be wrong in this one instance, but there’s more to this story, I am betting.
I knew what Ok would get with Fallin.
She vetoed 15 bills total.
I was flummoxed by her vetoes of bills that were passed almost unanimously.
I recall Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona, who kept finding excuses to veto gun reforms again and again after the legislature would change a bill to meet the demand of her last veto.
Gov. "Failin'" continues to veto important bills, and she's losing support in a major way. I even know some otherwise staunch Republicans that are considering voting for Dorman over this.
Jumped the shark she has.
Take a look at some of the other bills she has vetoed lately too. She and Jan Brewer both seem to have lost their minds!
Don't blame me - I voted for Brogdon!
Thanks, aragorn. I will take a a look.
She sounds like 0bama!
Is she from the tribe “Falling Rock”?
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