Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Lawmaker Files Bill Exempting State-Made Guns, Ammunition from Federal Regulations

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Lawmaker Files Bill Exempting State-Made Guns, Ammunition from Federal Regulations

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Guns and ammunition made in Oklahoma would be exempt from federal regulations under a bill filed by a state representative.

This week, state Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, issued a media statement saying he would refile the Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act.

Under the measure, House Bill 2021, guns and ammunition made in the state and marked "Made in Oklahoma" would be exempt from federal regulations. Roberts said the weapons and the ammo would have to be kept within state boundaries.

"It doesn't seem to matter how many times the U.S. Supreme Court upholds our Second Amendment rights," Roberts said. "Anti-gun activists continue to seek to restrict lawful gun rights. This bill is meant to address potential federal gun control actions and regulations. I consider the legislation a states' right bill."

In 2009, the bill was introduced as Senate Bill 1685, but vetoed by then-Gov. Brad Henry.

Roberts' bill comes after President Barack Obama issued a call for stronger gun control legislation in the wake of the shooting deaths of 20 elementary school students and seven adults in Newtown, Conn.

Since the shooting in December, Oklahoma legislators have filed several gun-related bills, including a measure to arm public school teachers. That bill, expected to be introduced in the state House and Senate, has already drawn opposition from teachers union officials and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

Jill Dudley, president of the Moore Association of Classroom Teachers, said her organization opposed any effort to put weapons in the classroom.

"If we have to have guns at school, they need to be in the possession of a trained law enforcement officer," Dudley said, "and no one else."

University of Oklahoma political science professor Keith Gaddie said HB 2021 is similar to a bill filed in Montana.

"Seems like they're running that proposal that Montana ran a couple of years ago," he said. …

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