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OK2A: Sheriffs Refuse To Comply With New NFA Law

Some sheriffs in our state are failing to honor the NFA law passed in 2014. The law went into effect in November of last year and requires that they process NFA requests within 15 days. We have received word that several sheriffs are not complying with the new law.

OK2A is preparing to send a letter to all 77 Oklahoma sheriffs to remind them of the new law and to serve notice that we are watching and will not stand idly by if they refuse to honor the new law. Most sheriffs are complying with the law, but for those who willfully violate it, we will act.

If you or anyone you know has sent NFA paperwork to their sheriff only to have it thrown out or stuck in the middle of a stack of papers, we want to hear from you. Email us at info@ok2a.org.

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OK2A: 2015 Session Scorecard

OK2A has released its scorecard for the 2015 Legislative Session. This is the first year we have released the scores, so allow me to explain the process. At the beginning of the session, each legislator starts with an A. We deduct points for each Second Amendment vote missed (-.25) and for each anti-Second Amendment vote cast (-.75). We also deduct points (-.75) when a committee chairman or floor leader refuses to allow a Second Amendment bill or amendment to be heard and we deduct points when any legislator actively works to stop a Second Amendment bill or amendment. We add points (+.75) for each Second Amendment bill a legislator authors. The highest score is an A++, then A+, and so on. To receive an A+ the legislator must have either authored a Second Amendment bill or helped advance a bill in some tangible way. To receive an A++ the legislator must author several Second Amendment bills or go above and beyond to advance a pro-gun agenda.

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2015 Session Recap Part 1: The Scorecard

OK2A has released its scorecard for the 2015 Legislative Session.  This is the first year we have released the scores, so allow me to explain the process.  At the beginning of the session, each legislator starts with an A.  We deduct points for each Second Amendment vote missed (-.25) and for each anti-Second Amendment vote cast (-.75).  We also deduct points (-.75) when a committee chairman or floor leader refuses to allow a Second Amendment bill or amendment to be heard and we deduct points when any legislator actively works to stop a Second Amendment bill or amendment.  We add points (+.75) for each Second Amendment bill a legislator authors.  The highest score is an A++, then A+, and so on.  To receive an A+ the legislator must have either authored a Second Amendment bill or helped advance a bill in some tangible way.  To receive an A++ the legislator must author several Second Amendment bills or go above and beyond to advance a pro-gun agenda.

There were 7 A++’s, 29 A+’s, and 50 A’s awarded this year.  A++’s were earned by Representatives Bennett and Calvey and Senators Dahm, Shortey, Silk, David, and Fry.

Our Tory Award goes to anti-gun legislators that receive an F and the Benedict Arnold Award goes to legislators that have been pro-gun in the past but have, for whatever reason, lost their way and actively worked to infringe our Second Amendment rights.  This year, the Tory Award was earned by Representatives Williams, McDaniel (Jeannie), Shelton, Young, and Loring. 

The Benedict Arnold Award was earned by Representative Christian.  Representative Christian used to have an exemplary pro-gun record.  However, over the last couple of years, he has steadily moved to the other side.  He refused to support our proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution last year and this year actively worked to kill several important Second Amendment bills assigned to his committee.  Even more concerning was his effort to have the Oklahoma County District Attorney prosecute the NRA-ILA representative for Oklahoma for simply doing what lobbyists do.  She sent him a text message informing him that if he refused to hear Second Amendment bills it would adversely effect his NRA score.  His reasons may be unclear, but his actions are not.  He is no longer a friend of the Second Amendment and has therefore earned the Benedict Arnold Award.

To see the complete scorecard, you may download them from the links below:

Click here for an alphabetical list
Click here for a list sorted by score, highest to lowest

OK2A: Veto Update / Alert

Alert:

The vote to override Governor Fallin’s veto of SB41 may take place as soon as Wednesday May 20.  Please call or email your senator and representative and ask them to vote to override the Governor’s veto.  Please call or email them as soon as possible.  (Please see the update below for more information.)  If you are unsure who your senator or representative is, visit oklegislature.gov and complete the form in the lower left corner of the homepage.

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OK2A Response to Governor's Veto of SB41

Governor Fallin said yesterday that she vetoed SB41 because of OK2A’s lawsuit against the city of Norman over the banning of guns at the Norman Music Fest.  She said that the Oklahoma Constitution prohibits the Legislature from passing a law that would “destroy an existing defense” in a pending lawsuit (Article 5, Section 52 of the Oklahoma Constitution).  This is a smokescreen the Governor has thrown up to hide the real reason she vetoed the bill.

The Norman Music Fest has come and gone.  Nowhere in this bill is the city of Norman or the 2015 Norman Music Fest mentioned.  This bill was aimed at the underlying issue: should cities, any city,  be able to hide behind a lease while allowing the lawful and peaceful carrying of firearms to be banned on a city street?  The answer is no.  Signing this bill would not affect the 2015 Norman Music Fest – and the Governor knows that.

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Today is Governor Fallin’s last day to sign SB41 into law.  We are worried she may bow to pressure from the OKC Chamber of Commerce to veto the bill.  After her veto of three 2nd Amendment bills last year, we cannot take for granted that she will do the right thing and sign the bill, especially in the face of the Chamber’s pressure. 

Please call Governor Fallin and strongly (but politely) urge her to sign SB41 into law.  You can reach the Governor at (405) 521-2342.  It is critical that she hear from you TODAY.  When you get through, press 2 to speak to a secretary (DO NOT press 1 for the comment line as she may not get your message in time).

SB41 was amended late in the process with language that will bring an end to cities abusing the 2nd Amendment by prohibiting the lawful and peaceful carrying of firearms during city festivals on city streets, such as was the case with the Norman Music Fest.

Update: Fallin Vetoes SB41

When the Governor vetoed three 2nd Amendment bills last year, she said it was to send a message to the Legislature. But when you veto 2nd Amendment bills two years in a row (she vetoed SB41 today), that’s a pattern. Governor Fallin can use legal double-speak all she wants to explain away her anti-gun pattern, but the simple truth is she has vetoed more gun bills than Brad Henry. She has chosen, again, to side with the gun-grabbers. Please call Senator Bingman at 405-521-5565 and ask him to hold a vote to override the Governor’s veto.

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SB41 was amended on the House floor at OK2A’s request to include language to deal with cities allowing private entities to “rent” a street and then ban the carrying of firearms, such as with the Norman Music Fest.  The amendment was adopted and the bill was sent back to the Senate for a final vote.  The bill is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting her signature.

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce is urging Governor Fallin to veto the bill.  Once again, the Chamber is worried about a problem that does not exist.  Businesses are not going to leave Oklahoma because SB41 is signed into law.  We need gun owners to make two phone call TODAY to support SB41.

Please call or email the Governor’s office and urge her to sign SB41.  The Governor’s phone number is (405) 521-2342.  You can email her by going to her website.  Click the “email Governor Fallin” link in the Contact the Governor drop down menu.

Also, call the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and tell them to stop promoting gun control.  Inform them you will urge any of their members you do business with to withdraw their membership.  You can reach the OKC Chamber at (405) 297-8900.