Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill in May that would have authorized adults to carry firearms without a permit or training, dealing a rare defeat to the National Rifle Association in a conservative state, USA Today reported.
The veto comes after opposition from the business community and law enforcement authorities, including top officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation who have said it could erode public safety.
The NRA had supported the bill’s passage and had urged Fallin to sign it.
In a statement announcing her veto, Fallin stressed her support for the Second Amendment, saying:.
“I believe the firearms laws we currently have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal,” adding that the bill would have eliminated the requirement for a training course.