Stitt signs controversial “anti-red flag” gun measure

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s governor has signed a controversial measure that attempts to pre-empt officials from enacting so-called “red flag laws.” Red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders, allow law enforcement or families to ask judges to temporarily take firearms from individuals who might pose a danger to themselves or others. Oklahoma’s new “Anti-Red Flag Act” prohibits municipalities, courts and counties from adopting policies restricting gun access through such protection orders. State Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, said other states have expanded infringements on the Second Amendment and other constitutionally protected rights. Following mass shootings, more than a dozen states have implemented red flag laws. Supporters say the policies are designed to curb gun violence and suicides. Dahm, who authored the measure, said Oklahoma is the first state to pass an “anti-red flag” law. He’s thankful Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 1081. “Whether it is passing constitutional carry or opposing these stealth attempts at denying our due process, I’m honored to be continually leading the charge to defend the rights of Oklahomans and am pleased to see us be the first in the nation to pass this type of law,” Dahm said. Critics of the measure though said Oklahoma lawmakers passed legislation catering to “gun extremists” in the final days of session. Members of the Oklahoma chapter of Moms Demand Action said the red flag laws help prevent mass shootings by flagging those who have shown clear warning signs. The gun control group said […]

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