Stitt Signs Bill To Prevent Firearm Confiscation

May 20, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law on Tuesday legislation to prevent local municipalities from implementing so-called red flag laws.

Such laws allow judges to order the confiscation of firearms when a person may be a danger to themselves or others.

The bill was among 37 measures Stitt signed into law, but he also vetoed seven other bills. That sets up a possible showdown with lawmakers of his own party.

The Legislature wrapped up its work last week but left the door open to return for a potential veto override. The Republican-controlled House and Senate already overrode four separate budget bills Stitt vetoed earlier this year, and the relationship between legislative leaders and Stitt has soured.

Several of the bills Stitt vetoed were sponsored by House Speaker Charles McCall whose spokesman John Estus said: “The House will respond in due course.”

The Legislature would need a two-thirds vote in each chamber to override the vetoes, an advantage Republicans have in both bodies.