Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning Gun Confiscation During State Of Emergency

osted: May 17, 2012 8:11 AM PDT Updated: May 17, 2012 8:11 AM PDT

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The governor and other state officials would be prohibited from banning or confiscating firearms during a state of emergency under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin signed the bill Wednesday that specifically bars any state or local official from restricting the sale, possession or transportation of firearms and ammunitions, even during a declared state of emergency.

The bill was pushed by gun rights advocates who cited a situation in Louisiana in which firearms were confiscated after Hurricane Katrina.

The measure amends the Oklahoma Riot Control and Prevention Act, which gives the governor broad power during emergencies, including the ability to impose curfews, prevent public gatherings and restrict the sale of certain items.

The bill takes effect November 1.

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