Oklahoma governor signs bill to prevent firearm confiscation

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
05/21/2020 12:30 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law on May 19 legislation to prevent local municipalities from implementing so-called red flag laws. Such laws allow judges to order the confiscation of firearms when a person may be a danger to themselves or others.

The bill was among 37 measures Stitt signed into law, but he also vetoed seven other bills. That sets up a possible showdown with lawmakers of his own party.

The Legislature wrapped up its work in mid-May but left the door open to return for a potential veto override. The Republican-controlled House and Senate already overrode four separate budget bills Stitt vetoed earlier this year, and the relationship between legislative leaders and Stitt has soured.

Several of the bills Stitt vetoed were sponsored by House Speaker Charles McCall whose spokesman John Estus said: “The House will respond in due course.”

The Legislature would need a two-thirds vote in each chamber to override the vetoes, an advantage Republicans have in both bodies.

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