Oklahoma legislature approved its anti-red flag law bill on Friday after a historic vote, sending the bill flying onto Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk for signing. The recently passed bill, SB 1081, prohibits local authorities from enacting any form of red flag laws that would allow them to confiscate Oklahomans’ firearms. Gov. Stitt is expected to sign the bill, latest by Thursday. Previous reports indicated he already had signed the bill, but his spokesperson clarified it was an error in communication. The bill was among the closing items put to a vote during Friday’s session and passed with a 77-14 margin.
Sen. Nathan Dahm and Rep. Jay Steagall introduced the bill in September 2019. Sen. Dahm said gun rights supporters could not afford to be complacent while waiting for politicians to defend the second amendment rights. He noted that many politicians considered the Second Amendment rights as an inconvenience or an obstacle to their political schemes.
“Simply standing our ground and waiting for the gun control lobby to strike again has not worked — and it never will,” Dahm added.
Dahm also said the passage of the bill would inspire politicians in other states to pass similar legislation to safeguard the constitutional rights of Americans. Rep. Steagall said sponsoring the first anti-red flag law in the country made him proud.
“This bill would stop any action from the federal government or even from local or state authorities that would infringe on the Second Amendment rights of our citizens,” Rep. Steagall said.
Red flag laws commonly known as the Extreme Risk Protection Orders infringe on citizens’ Second Amendment rights by denying them the right to bear arms. Additionally, the confiscation orders deny citizens the right to a due process as the suspected citizens’ firearms are removed without a proper hearing.
Oklahoma has strong support for gun rights and is among the states without red flag laws. The Sooner State also passed a permitless carry late last year.
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