Lost in the hullabaloo over her Tuesday veto of the gun rights bill was Governor Fallin’s inexplicable veto of 14 other bills including HB3367, which would have brought state preemption of local knife restrictions.
April 30, 2014: Oklahoma’s Knife Law Preemption bill, HB3367 has been inexplicably vetoed by Governor Mary Fallin, the first veto ever of a Knife Rights preemption bill. HB3367 passed by overwhelming majorities, 88-3 in the House and 45-1 in the Senate. Knife Rights is working with the bill sponsor and our contacts in Oklahoma to override the Governor’s veto. Stay tuned because things on the ground are developing very quickly and unpredictably.
If you live, work or travel in Oklahoma, please CALL or EMAIL your Legislators TODAY to let them know that HB 3367 is important to you and ask that they please override the Governor’s veto of HB 3367. If you email, USE THE SUBJECT: Please Override Gov Veto on HB3367!
Locate your Legislators here: http://www.oklegislature.gov/FindMyLegislature.aspx
Knife law preemption has been one of the greatest success stories in the advance of the RTKB Edged tools nationwide. It is Kniferights.org’s number one legislative priority, and they have grabbed this brass ring in seven states in the past year including my home state of Tennessee. It is also one of the most important issues facing law abiding knife-carriers as it prevents them from inadvertently running afoul of local prohibitions.
From what I am able to gather, the Governor is in the midst of a pretty epic hissy-fit feud with her Legislature. Their priorities are not her priorities, and if she doesn’t get her way she is going to take her ball and go home. Not the smartest move in a red state in an election year, especially with many potential Democrat challengers sporting “A” ratings from the NRA.
OK2A President Tim Gillespie calls the move the “Definition of Stupid“:
“Our Vice President and I both spoke with the Governor’s staff on Tuesday and both conversations lead me to question the Governor’s judgment and that of her staff. I spoke with them about the knife preemption bill, that would bring knives under the state preemption law for firearms (the idea being that no town could have stricter knife or gun laws than the state so a person isn’t in jeopardy of unknowingly breaking a law as they travel between towns). The argument presented was that they didn’t want to muddy the waters on firearms law by including knives – that firearms law is a Second Amendment issue but knife laws aren’t. First, several attorneys were involved in the process of crafting this bill and none of them seemed to have a problem including knives under firearms preemption laws. Second, do we need to have a lesson on the meaning of the word arms? If all a person has to protect themselves with is a club, then government shouldn’t infringe on that person’s ability to keep or carry that club.”
It looks like the gun bill veto has already been overridden in the OK House by a vote of 86-3. The Senate is expected to take up the measure as well. Hopefully an override of the knife preemption veto won’t be far behind.