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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.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: January 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013
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/articleid/3746490/1/pictures/1929558">Photo - File photo - Gov. Mary Fallin in the Blue Room of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, OK, Monday, November 19, 2012, By Paul Hellstern
File photo - Gov. Mary Fallin in the Blue Room of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, OK, Monday, November 19, 2012, By Paul Hellstern

The governor said she has asked the state Education Department, along with public schools, to look at their safety and security plans and to update them to include drills.

She also is eager to hear recommendations of the recently formed Oklahoma Commission on School Security, headed by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb. The plan is to address both school security and the mental health needs of the state. It is not expected to address gun control.

“I'm going to reserve my judgment on what we're going to do until I have the opportunity to see what their group … will recommend to me,” Fallin said.

Weapon decision

Fallin, who already has armed troopers assigned to provide security for her, said she decided to get a concealed gun permit because she and her husband also possess handguns.

“It's good for my own personal safety to be able to carry, if I choose to do that,” she said.

“From a private citizen's standpoint, it's a matter of personal safety to be able to carry, if a person chooses to do that.

“It may be right for some; it may not be right for others.”


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