Oklahoma House votes 86-3 to override governor's veto on gun bill

Wednesday’s vote is the first time either legislative chamber has mustered enough votes to override a veto during Fallin’s administration, the governor’s press secretary said.
by Randy Ellis Published: May 1, 2014
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The state House on Wednesday voted 86-3 to override Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of a firearms bill.

Wednesday’s vote is the first time either legislative chamber has mustered enough votes to override a veto during Fallin’s administration, the governor’s press secretary said.

House Bill 2461 will go to the state Senate where a two-thirds vote would be required to complete the veto override. The bill initially passed the Senate by a vote of 46-0 on April 22.

Wednesday’s House vote came one day after Fallin vetoed 15 House bills, including this one, while criticizing the House for failing to act on important issues, such as Capitol repairs, while passing flawed bills and bills that are irrelevant to most Oklahomans.

House author Mike Turner, R-Edmond, said his bill is designed to prevent sheriffs and police chiefs from stalling the transfer of federally regulated firearms like silencers and short-barreled rifles if the applicant is not prohibited by law from possessing the items.

Under Turner’s bill, chief law enforcement officers would have 15 days to comply with proper certification requests.

In Fallin’s veto message, she said House Bill 2461 was an attempt to “regulate a federal agency.”

“House Bill 2461 requires the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to provide, within 15 days, certification required by federal regulation of the transfer or manufacture of firearms,” the governor wrote. “The ATF is not required to follow the requirements of this bill. This bill serves no significant interest of the citizens of the State of Oklahoma.”


by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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