Tuesday, February 22, 2011

'Firearms Freedom Act' Passes House Committee

From The House Media Division ~ Legislation declaring that firearms made and kept in Oklahoma are not subject to regulation by the federal government has passed out of a House committee.

House Bill 1645, by Rep. Mike Ritze, creates the “Firearms Freedom Act.”

The legislation references the Second, Ninth and 10th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and declares firearms, accessories and ammunition made and sold in Oklahoma to be free from federal regulations.

“This legislation passed both houses of the Legislature last year and was vetoed by the governor,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. “I expect a better result this year. Oklahomans strongly support gun rights and believe that the federal government does not have jurisdiction over firearms and their accessories when they are manufactured and used within the state.”

Guns must also be clearly marked “Made in Oklahoma,” Ritze said.

“It was important to include a provision to ensure law enforcement can execute the legislation,” Ritze said. “Without a clear indication that the gun is made in Oklahoma, law enforcement officials would have their work cut out for them to determine whether or not the gun is protected from federal regulations.”

House Bill 1645 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee and now proceeds to the full House for consideration. In 2010, it passed the House by a vote of 89-9 and the Senate by a vote of 37-7 before being vetoed by the governor.

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