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May 1, 2014

House takes time to override veto

OKLA. CITY — House legislators frustrated with Gov. Mary Fallin’s attempt to quash their gun bill overwhelmingly voted to override her veto.

The House’s move marked its first salvo following Fallin’s announcement Tuesday that she would be rejecting House bills that dealt with “minor issues” that she believes don’t have substantial benefits, were “redundant” or “just bad policy.”  Fallin had highlighted House Bill 2461, authored by Rep Mike Turner, R-Edmond, as bad policy, saying the state can’t regulate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives since it’s a federal agency.

The measure requires law enforcement officials to sign applications to transfer federally regulated firearms within 15 days, if someone is legally entitled to possess them.

Turner said Thursday that he and others who support the Second Amendment disagreed with Fallin’s interpretation of the bill. He said his bill wasn’t aimed at regulating the ATF, but rather Oklahoma law enforcement.

He said he was “overwhelmed” by the support he received from his colleagues when word spread that his bill had been vetoed.

“Good policy deserves to go into effective law with as little roadblocks as possible,” Turner said. “This is a very good policy if you happen to be a Second Amendment advocate.”

Fallin pointed out that the House had only overridden one of her 17 total vetoes issued Tuesday and Wednesday. She said the House had already gone home for the day Thursday afternoon when they could be working.

“I do expect things to get done this session,” she said. “I do expect us to address important issues.”

Fallin said it will be up to the Senate.

In a statement, Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, said he encourages his colleagues to support an override of the veto in the Senate.

“I disagree with the governor’s assertion that this legislation serves no significant interest to the citizens of Oklahoma,” he said. “Protecting our fundamental right to keep and bear arms  should be a cornerstone of conservative leadership and is a matter of tremendous importance to Oklahomans.”

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