Oklahoma’s “Shall Sign” Veto

Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma has decided she’s fed up with the legislature not taking on issues she wants them to address, but a pro-gun bill seems to have been caught up in their political fight.

She vetoed the nearly unanimously passed bill that mandates law enforcement sign for the transfer of any item regulated under the NFA within 15 days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving it.

Fallin says that she’s going to keep vetoing bills until the House does what she wants. So, I would suggest that Oklahomans let her know that they want her to respect their rights rather than use the Second Amendment as a pawn in her negotiations with the legislature, which she is apparently vowing to continue.

UPDATE: It looks like a KnifeRights bill got caught up in Fallin’s political games, too.

12 thoughts on “Oklahoma’s “Shall Sign” Veto”

  1. That kind of statement that she’ll veto everything until she gets her way – should literally be seen as treason.

  2. But I’ll bet if an entitlement bill comes across her desk, it’ll get signed… We ARE being held hostage once again by a governor…

  3. If the vote was nearly unanimous in the legislature, how was the governor able to veto the bill? Isn’t “nearly unanimous” veto-proof?

    1. It depends on how the veto process works.

      In some states a veto is automatically moot if there’s sufficient votes. In others the bill goes back for another round of voting where if enough are given *then* the veto is mooted.

  4. The okie house has already voted to overturn the veto on the NFA bill, I think it has to go back to the senate though and it has to be done within 5 days if the veto

  5. We need the signature of some local yokel, public official when our magnificent, United States Constitution, by means of its Second Amendment, prohibits even as little as mere infringement of the right to bear arms?
    There’s no one flying the plane. We have a country in need of adult supervision.

  6. BTW best Chinese engineers: We have a right to bear arms in the US. Come here, and own whatever guns you please, with which you will be free to defend your family. We love freedom! Come to the US! Be free with us!

  7. This is all about the House (which has a much higher percentage of economic conservatives than the Senate) not caving in to the governor and sticking to their “guns” (see what I did there) when it comes to their principled “no more bonded indebtedness” position. The Governor insists we need to borrow over a hundred million dollars to repair the Capitol. Now, the Capitol needs repairing, and nobody disputes that. This is all over a disagreement on how to pay for it.

    The Governor’s position is pure political blackmail, and I predict it will backfire in a big way. The statements given by the Governor’s staff on the CLEO sign-off bill regarding the vetoes border on ludicrous and make you wonder if anyone at the Governor’s mansion have even read the State or Federal Constitutions. According to the Governor:

    –Forcing CLEO sign off would “interfere with the Federal Government” somehow
    –Knives aren’t protected under the keep and bear arms provisions of the State constitution (she also vetoed a provision bringing knives under the state preemption provisions.)

  8. Looking at her veto message, it appears she’s not very bright. The bill forces local law enforcement to sign the documents if there’s not a reason to believe the person is ineligible, yet she apparently tries to claim the bill is about regulating the ATF. Even better, the first step in the veto override is the first time it’s happened under her administration. Good for Oklahoma lawmakers standing up to her.

    1. Reference your comment on Mary’s intelligence, I’ve never heard anyone argue otherwise.

  9. The Senate also over rode the veto today, so the NFA shall sign bill is now law in Oklahoma

  10. I’m both shocked the Senate actually went through with this, and pleased. I suspect the law will take effect at the “normal” time and date, i.e. Nov 1st if there is no emergency enactment clause.

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