Mary Fallin on Gun Control



Veto constitutional carry: No handguns without a permit

Oklahoma's Republican Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would have allowed adults to carry handguns without a permit, angering gun rights groups.

Her veto of the gun bill dealt a rare blow to the National Rifle Association in a conservative state. But the proposal to authorize adults to carry firearms without a permit or training was opposed by law enforcement officials, who said it would weaken background checks and hurt public safety.

In a statement announcing her veto, Fallin stressed her support for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms and noted she had signed concealed and open carry measures in the past. "I believe the firearms laws we currently have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal," she said. The bill is similar to so-called "constitutional carry" legislation adopted in a dozen other states.

The NRA blasted Fallin for what it said was ignoring her promise when she ran for re-election in 2014 to support a constitutional carry gun law.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle on 2018 Oklahoma governor race , May 12, 2018

Allow armed stand-your-ground in churches

Legislative Summary: HB2362: Expanding right to use deadly force at place of worship.

Tulsa World analysis: A state lawmaker citing extensively from the Bible urged churchgoers and other people of faith to arm themselves against "knuckleheads" and "evil people" as a bill extending stand-your-ground immunity to places of worship passed the Oklahoma House. "Why should we give an open shooting gallery to whoever wants to come in and do whatever they will?" Rep. John Bennett. "It clearly states in the Bible to defend ourselves.... Jesus was not a pacifist."

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 42-1-4 on Apr/12/18; Passed House 68-24-8 on Apr/30/18; Signed by Governor Mary Fallin on May/7/18

Source: The Tulsa World on Oklahoma HB2362 voting records , May 7, 2018

Gun ownership is a constitutionally protected right

In Oklahoma, we respect the Constitution and the rule of law. We own guns for hunting, sport and self defense, and we are proud of that tradition. It is a tradition that we share with our Founding Fathers, who made gun ownership a constitutionally protected right.
Source: 2010 House campaign website, maryfallin.org, "Issues" , Nov 2, 2010

Right to bear arms is in Constitution for a good reason

I believe that the basic freedoms assured by our Constitution, including speech, religion, assembly AND the right to keep and bear arms--are there for a good reason, and must be defended against those who would threaten them.

The Second Amendment means exactly what it says, and I will defend the right of every law-abiding citizen to own guns. Responsible gun ownership is a basic right, and I will never vote for legislation that abridges that right.

I am a member in good standing with the NRA.

Source: 2006 House campaign website, www.maryfallin.org, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

National cross-state standard for concealed carry.

Fallin signed H.R.197&S.845

Establishes a national standard for the carrying of concealed firearms (other than a machinegun or destructive device) by non-residents. Authorizes a person who has a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state and who is not prohibited from carrying a firearm under federal law to carry a concealed firearm in another state:

Source: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act 09-HR197 on Jan 6, 2009

Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC.

Fallin co-sponsored banning gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC