Lawmakers File Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act

17 01 2013
State Rep. Sean Roberts

Rep. Sean Roberts

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Sean Roberts will be among 15 bill authors of a measure named the Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act.

House Bill 2021 would assert the Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans by exempting guns or ammunition made in the state from federal regulations. The bill specifies that to qualify for the exemption the guns must be clearly marked as “Made in Oklahoma” and kept within state boundaries.

In 2010, the legislation was introduced as Senate Bill 1685, but was vetoed by then Gov. Brad Henry after passing in both the House and Senate.

“It doesn’t seem to matter how many times the U.S. Supreme Court upholds up our Second Amendment rights,” said Roberts, R-Hominy. “Anti-gun activists continue to seek to restrict lawful gun rights. This bill is meant to address potential federal gun control actions and regulations. I consider the legislation a states’ right bill.”

State Rep. John Bennett, a second bill author, said the bill is intended to fight off the overreach of the federal government into our state.

“I am a huge supporter of our Second Amendment rights, a certified firearms instructor with the NRA, CLEET and the U.S. Marine Corps, and a sports shooter and hunter. The bill will be the same language as Senate Bill 1685, by former Senator Randy Brogdon, in 2009. It will give Oklahomans greater protection for their right to keep and bear arms. A majority of my constituents have overwhelmingly voiced their fears of gun control by the Obama Administration and I promised I would fight to protect their constitutional rights. I will do everything in my power to ensure our constitutional rights are protected from an administration that has shown that they do not care about the rights of “We the People,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw.

The bill’s authors are Roberts, Bennett and state Reps. Mike Ritze, Josh Cockroft, Jadine Nollan, Arthur Hulbert, Mike Reynolds, Jason Murphey, Sally Kern, Lewis Moore, Mike Sanders, Mike Turner, Tom Newell, Dan Fisher and David Brumbaugh.

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Rep. John Bennett

Rep. John Bennett

Rep. Mike Ritze

Rep. Mike Ritze

Rep. Josh Cockroft

Rep. Josh Cockroft

Rep. Jadine Nollan

Rep. Jadine Nollan

Rep. Arthur Hulbert

Rep. Arthur Hulbert

Rep. Mike Reynolds

Rep. Mike Reynolds

Rep. Jason Murphey

Rep. Jason Murphey

Rep. Sally Kern

Rep. Sally Kern

Rep. Lewis Moore

Rep. Lewis Moore

Rep. Mike Sanders

Rep. Mike Sanders

Rep. Mike Turner

Rep. Mike Turner

Rep. Tom Newell

Rep. Tom Newell

Rep. Dan Fisher

Rep. Dan Fisher

Rep. Mike Reynolds

Rep. Mike Reynolds

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Dahm files legislation to safeguard Second Amendment rights.

17 01 2013

State Senator Nathan Dahm

Sen. Nathan Dahm has filed three proposals to protect the Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans to keep and bear arms.  Dahm said the Constitution provides clear protections to gun owners, but if lawmakers are not diligent, those protections can easily come under attack by proponents of big government.

“Oklahomans understand that the right to keep and bear arms is intrinsic to our cultural identity,” said Dahm, R-Broken Arrow.  “Our nation’s founders intended the Second Amendment to protect the right of individuals to own guns, and it is critical for lawmakers to be diligent in our protection of that right.  This legislation furthers our efforts to protect Oklahomans from federal overreach.”

Dahm has filed Senate Bill 548, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, legislation that will protect the right of Oklahomans to keep and bear arms by opposing all unconstitutional laws, orders, or regulations imposed by the federal government that violate the individual right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed in the Second Amendment.

Also filed by Dahm, Senate Bill 401 states that licensed gun owners who have not been convicted of a felony will not be charged with a felony for possessing a weapon in a Gun-Free School Zone.  The measure will close a loophole created by federal law, and protect law-abiding Oklahomans from wrongfully being charged with a felony.

Senate Bill 552 will allow any Oklahoman 21 years of age or older, and who is not a convicted felon, to keep a pistol in their vehicle for the purpose of self-defense.

“When we were sworn in, we took an oath to support and uphold the Constitution, and I intend to do just that,” Dahm said.  “A broad majority of Oklahomans oppose gun restrictions, and expect their elected officials to defend their Second Amendment rights.  With federal authorities currently considering gun restrictions, we must be diligent.”

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