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May 2, 2014

House takes time to override Fallin veto

OKLAHOMA 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.”

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