Gov. Kevin Stitt signs ‘anti-red-flag’ policy prohibiting courts, other entities from restricting gun access

Gov. Kevin Stitt signs 'anti-red-flag' policy prohibiting courts, other entities from restricting gun access

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on the OU sideline before the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl Oct. 12. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation this week preventing Oklahoma municipalities from implementing policies that would allow courts or other entities to restrict gun access to people deemed an imminent danger to themselves or others. The Oklahoman reported that Senate Bill 1081 was authored by Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, and Rep. Jay Steagall, R-Yukon, and was one of the last measures advanced by Oklahoma’s legislature before it adjourned Friday. Although similar bills have appeared in state legislatures before, Steagall said his bill would create the nation’s first law prohibiting so-called “red-flag” policies, according to The Oklahoman. Although a state permitless carry law went into effect Nov. 1, 2019, OU’s firearm policy — which prohibits firearms on all campuses — has remained unchanged. Despite this, though, a possible gunman was spotted on South Greek in Oct. 2019, causing Greek houses in the vicinity to go into lockdown. 300×250 image ad In an Oct. 23 press release, OU Police Department Chief Liz Woollen said students should continue calling 911 to report individuals carrying firearms on campus. Woollen said in areas adjacent to campus, like Greek Row and Campus Corner, the police should be called if the person is acting in a threatening manner. According to The Oklahoman, Steagall said “red-flag” policies violate the Second Amendment and the right to due process. Both Steagall and Dahm said they were concerned about the federal […]

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