Gov. Mary Fallin defends Oklahoma's existing gun laws
Gov. Mary Fallin said she hasn't had a chance to review President Barack Obama's proposed gun restrictions.
Gov. Mary Fallin, who recently passed criteria to get a permit to carry a handgun, said Wednesday she believes Oklahoma has responsible gun laws but should earmark more money toward mental health, which could help keep firearms out of the hands of those with mental health problems.
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Fallin said she hasn't had a chance to review President Barack Obama's proposed guns restrictions, which are intended to curb mass violence.
“The state of Oklahoma is a state that believes in the Second Amendment and the right to be able to own guns,” she said. “We certainly have responsible laws on our books to be able to get permitted to own guns and to be able to carry guns in the state of Oklahoma.”
Fallin said she doesn't think legislators would pass a ban on the purchase of assault rifles, which is allowed in Oklahoma.
Fallin said she will ask lawmakers next month to put more money toward mental health services in the state. Money was approved last year for a community-based psychiatric crisis center.
“In the meantime, we do have an obligation to do everything we can to make sure our schools are safe and our children are protected … against those who might cause harm to other individuals,” Fallin said.
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