Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin vetoes controversial 'constitutional carry' bill

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin vetoes controversial 'constitutional carry' bill

Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a bill supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) that would have allowed state residents to carry a firearm without a permit or training.

"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", Oklahoma's Catholic bishops said in a statement. "Since the law does not change the process for placing foster children or ban any family from adopting, we hope and pray this action will increase the number of children matched with loving families", Reverend Coakley said in a press release.

Many business leaders, including local chambers of commerce, also opposed the bill, giving the governor - who can not run for re-election under term limits - plenty of political cover to veto it. According to Freedom for All Americans, more than 15,000 Oklahomans sent letters to their lawmakers urging them to reject the bill. Greg Treat provides legal protections to faith-based agencies that won't place children in LGBT homes because of religious or moral convictions or policies.

"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".

"It does not ban same-sex adoption or foster care in Oklahoma", Fallin said. Instead, the bill will help continue Oklahoma's successful placement of children with a broad array of loving families and basically maintain the status quo by setting forth in statute practices which have successfully worked for the best interest of Oklahoma children.

As Fallin noted, other states - Mississippi, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and North Dakota - have similar laws on the books.

Gun rights advocates in the state reacted with disappointment after Fallin's announcement, calling it a blemish on her conservative legacy.

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Many enterprise leaders, together with native chambers of commerce, additionally opposed the invoice, giving the governor - who can't run for re-election beneath time period limits - loads of political cowl to veto it.

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

He said children who are desperately looking for homes will be harmed and young people will be stigmatized by "state-sanctioned hate".

The top officials in the Catholic church in two of Oklahoma's most populous cities welcomed the new law.

Stevenson also suggested in his statement SB 1140 would be the target of future litigation. Only after the Obama administration threatened a loss of federal funds to state withholding those benefits did Fallin agree to a a deal enabling same-sex couples to obtain them. "The pervasive and persistent mean-spirited legislative efforts continue to be day-to-day business in Oklahoma", Jenkins said. But the Legislature overrode her veto and the bill became law anyway.

The bill passed by mostly party-line votes in the Republican-dominated house (56-21) and senate (33-7).‬.

"I think Governor Fallin, quite frankly, is anti-Second Amendment", said Anthony Sykes, a Republican state senator who described himself as "disappointed but not surprised" by the veto.

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