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Governor vetoes SB 1212, the constitutional carry bill

Governor Mary Fallin signs three pieces of legislation in March 2018. (KOKH/Anthony West)

Governor Fallin has announced the veto of Senate Bill 1212 that would have ended firearm training courses, from ceritified personel, before a person could carry a firearm in public.

Fallin released the following statement:

  • "Oklahoma is a state that respects the Second Amendment. As governor, I have signed both concealed-carry and open-carry legislation. I support the right to bear arms and own a pistol, a rifle, and a shotgun.
  • "Oklahomans believe that law-abiding individuals should be able to defend themselves. I believe the firearms requirement we current have in state law are few and reasonable. Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearms in Oklahoma. It reduces the level of the background check necessary to carry a gun.
  • "SB 1212 eliminates the current ability of Oklahoma law enforcement to distinguish between those carrying guns who have been trained and vetted, and those who have not.
  • "Again, I believe the firearms laws we currently 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."


The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations also responded to the Governor's veto of SB 1212. They applauded the move.

  • "The OSBI recognizes the leadership shown by Governor Fallin in vetoing SB1212. Fallin heard the public safety concerns created by SB1212, namely a lack of training requirement, reduced level of background checks, and officer safety issues, and acted accordingly in vetoing the bill."

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