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Oklahoma: Three Pro-Gun Bills Pass and Head to Governor

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It has been a busy week for pro-gun legislation in Oklahoma City and your NRA is happy to report that three important bills have passed and been sent to Governor Mary Fallin (R) for her signature.

Yesterday, House Bill 2461 and House Bill 2539 passed overwhelmingly in the Oklahoma Senate.

House Bill 2461 passed in the state Senate by a 46-0 vote.  It previously passed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives by a 92-1 vote on March 11.  Authored in the House by state Representative Mike Turner (R-82) and in the Senate by state Senator Nathan Dahm (R-33), HB 2461 will 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 legislation will ensure deadlines are met and that individuals who are lawfully seeking to transfer an NFA item are able to do so in an expeditious manner.  Some CLEOs simply refuse to sign such forms, and nothing in current law prohibits this, even if the applicant’s receipt of the NFA item would not be contrary to law and the CLEO has no information that the applicant intends to use the NFA item for an unlawful purpose.   HB 2461 will 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.

House Bill 2539 passed yesterday in the Senate by a 45-2 vote.  This bill previously passed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives by a 77-6 vote on February 27.  Authored in the House by state Representative Terry O’Donnell (R-23) and in the Senate by state Senator David Holt (R-30), HB 2539 makes a necessary common sense amendment to Oklahoma Statute title 21 § 733, which at this time permits the use of deadly force to defend only one’s self, his or her husband, wife, parent, child, master, mistress, or servant.  HB 2539 provides a necessary update to this statute by expanding the category of people a person can lawfully use deadly force to defend, expanding defense to any other person.

On Monday, an NRA-backed bill from last year’s session passed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and now also goes to Governor Fallin.  Senate Bill 934 passed in the state House by an 88-3 vote, after passing in the Oklahoma Senate by a 45-1 vote on March 12, 2013.  Sponsored by Senator Anthony Sykes (D-24), SB 934 removes the current restriction in Oklahoma Statute which allows only a parent of a minor to give their child a rifle or a shotgun, and expands this allowance to include legal guardians or persons acting with the permission of the parent or legal guardian to supervise a youth in any hunting or shooting sport that involves a rifle, pistol or shotgun.  SB 934 will strike down existing barriers in state law and provides an opportunity for youth under the age of 18 to participate in Oklahoma’s rich heritage of hunting and shooting sports whether it be with a shotgun, rifle or pistol.

The NRA thanks members of the Oklahoma Legislature who voted for these pro-gun bills.  Please contact Governor Fallin and respectfully request that she sign HB 2461, HB 2539 and SB 934 into law.  You can call her at (405) 521-2342 and e-mail her here.

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