Proposed bill would exempt Oklahoma gun owners from federal regulations
OKLAHOMA CITY —
An Oklahoma lawmaker is calling for Oklahoma gun owners to be exempt from federal regulations. Rep. Lewis Moore says his bill would also apply to gun manufacturers in the state, but the manufacturers say his bill is missing a very key element.
The bill is called the Oklahoma Firearms Sales and Manufacturing Initiative, or as some call it, the Made in Oklahoma bill. This isn't the first time it's been proposed and manufacturers say its chances of passing this time around may be slim.
Samantha Graham is the owner of Red Knight Armament, a custom gun manufacturing company in Oklahoma City. When she and her customers started hearing rumors of the Made in Oklahoma bill they got excited.
"I think it would be great if things made in Oklahoma, for Oklahomans, were protected from any bans or anything the federal government would do on their end," Graham said.
Rep. Moore says his bill would do just that.
"We want people to know in Oklahoma that we're looking out for their individual liberties," he said.
If, for example, the federal government banned assault rifles for citizens, the law would protect assault rifle owners in Oklahoma.
"We wanted them to know if those weapons stay in the state of Oklahoma they're good. They're not going to get hassled," said Rep. Moore.
But Graham says it's not as easy as the bill makes it sound. All gun manufacturers are licensed by the federal government, not the state.
"If Oklahoma said disregard that, would the federal government then come to me and say we're going to revoke your license? Which in essence puts me dead in the water," said Graham.
Rep. Moore admits there's nothing in his bill that addresses that.
"If there's no written protection for us, I can be honest with you, there's no way I could jeopardize our business by going against any federal regulations," Graham said.
So while the bill has Graham and Oklahoma-made gun owners excited, as it stands, the bill is not going to make a difference in what Graham manufactures.
"I would need to see something in there where they're protecting us," she said.
The bill also states Oklahomans would be exempt from having to register their firearms with the federal government. The bill is headed to committee Thursday, and if passed it would move to the House.
To see a full description of the bill click here.