Gun bill vetoed by Oklahoma's governor

Oklahoma Action Needed: Constitutional Carry Legislation Awaits Governor Fallin's Signature

Senate Bill 1212, also referred to as the "Constitutional Carry" bill, was presented by Sen.

In a rare blow to the National Rifle Association, Fallin vetoed a bill that would have loosened gun laws in the conservative state.

That law, which would permit faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to turn away same-sex couples, was approved by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday night.

Fallin's action drew support from Oklahoma's Catholic bishops. If she had signed it into law, Oklahoma residents would have been able to hide carry without a license.

Faith-based organizations involved in adoption and foster care have closed in other states that don't have similar laws, she said. Nathan Dahm, was wary which Fallin might choose to veto Constitutional have because "she'd vetoed other gun legislation in years past" he advised Fox News during the time.

"Oklahomans believe that lawabiding individuals will have the ability to shield on their own".

Stevenson is the executive director of Freedom Oklahoma, one of the advocacy groups on the frontlines of opposing State Bill 1140.

"Again, I believe the firearms laws we now have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal, and serve to reassure our citizens that people who are carrying handguns in this state are qualified to do so".

That's false. The bill will actually restrict the number of new homes available to children, some of whom no doubt are LGBTQ themselves.

SB 1140 prohibits private child placement agencies that do not receive state or federal funding from being required to participate in child placements "that violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies".

"SB 1140 is discriminatory, anti-family, anti-children, and anti-First Amendment", Allie Shinn, external affairs director for the ACLU of Oklahoma, said in a statement.

"In a day and time when diversity is becoming a core value to society because it will lead to more options, we should recognize its value for serving Oklahoma also because it leads to more options for loving homes to serve Oklahoma children". While that may be technically true, it would allow agencies to reject couples "in accordance with their beliefs" ― that is, because those couples are in the LGBTQ community. The group using talking points from the Oklahoma State Police, hold that the move is unsafe.

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