Stitt signs ‘anti-red flag’ gun bill

Stitt signs 'anti-red flag' gun bill

Second Amendment supporters rally at the state Capitol to celebrate the permitless carry law taking effect. Friday, November 1, 2019. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation Tuesday to preempt Oklahoma localities from implementing so-called “red flag” policies. Previously, the Oklahoman incorrectly reported Stitt had signed the bill over the weekend. The bill from Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, and Rep. Jay Steagall, R-Yukon, was one of the last measures Oklahoma’s Legislature advanced Friday before adjourning. While similar bills cropped up in other state legislatures this year, Steagall said this is the nation’s first “anti-red flag” law. Senate Bill 1081 prevents Oklahoma cities and towns from enacting policies that would allow a court or other entity to restrict gun access to people deemed to be an imminent danger. Supporters of “red flag” laws say they reduce gun violence and suicides and can lessen the chances of mass shootings. Many of the states that have adopted such laws have done so in the wake of mass shootings. More than a dozen states have implemented "red flag" laws. A volunteer for the Oklahoma chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said Stitt and GOP legislators were catering to "gun extremists" with the new law. “The risk of gun violence – including gun-related domestic violence and gun suicide – has persisted during this pandemic," said Kay Malan. "But rather than take steps to meet these risks, lawmakers quietly passed a policy intended to score points with extremists opposed […]

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