As Dean Weingarten had reported, the Oklahoma legislature had overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 1212 by veto-proof majorities. If it became law, SB1212 would have made Oklahoma the 14th constitutional carry state in the nation. However, Governor Mary Fallin vetoed the bill late this afternoon. And since the legislature has adjourned for the year, they won’t get an opportunity to try to override the veto.
Here’s Fallin’s press release announcing her rationale for killing the bill:
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today vetoed Senate Bill 1212, which would have eliminated the requirement to complete a short firearms safety and training course from a certified instructor and demonstrate competency with a pistol before carrying a gun in public. The governor issued the following statement:
“Oklahoma is a state that respects the Second Amendment. As governor, I have signed both concealed-carry and open-carry legislation. I support the right to bear arms and own a pistol, a rifle, and a shotgun.
“Oklahomans believe that law-abiding individuals should be able to defend themselves. I believe the firearms requirement we current have in state law are few and reasonable. Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearms in Oklahoma. It reduces the level of the background check necessary to carry a gun.
“SB 1212 eliminates the current ability of Oklahoma law enforcement to distinguish between those carrying guns who have been trained and vetted, and those who have not.
“Again, I believe the firearms laws we currently have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal, and serve to reassure our citizens that people who are carrying handguns in this state are qualified to do so.”