Senator Nathan Dahm has filed three proposals to protect the Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans to keep and bear arms. Dahm said the Constitution provides clear protections to gun owners, but if lawmakers are not diligent, those protections can easily come under attack by proponents of big government.
“Oklahomans understand that the right to keep and bear arms is intrinsic to our cultural identity,” said Dahm, R-Broken Arrow. “Our nation’s founders intended the Second Amendment to protect the right of individuals to own guns, and it is critical for lawmakers to be diligent in our protection of that right. This legislation furthers our efforts to protect Oklahomans from federal overreach.”
Dahm has filed Senate Bill 548, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, legislation that will protect the right of Oklahomans to keep and bear arms by opposing all unconstitutional laws, orders, or regulations imposed by the federal government that violate the individual right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed in the Second Amendment.
Also filed by Dahm, Senate Bill 401 states that licensed gun owners who have not been convicted of a felony will not be charged with a felony for possessing a weapon in a Gun-Free School Zone. The measure will close a loophole created by federal law, and protect law-abiding Oklahomans from wrongfully being charged with a felony.
Senate Bill 552 will allow any Oklahoman 21 years of age or older, and who is not a convicted felon, to keep a pistol in their vehicle for the purpose of self-defense.
“When we were sworn in, we took an oath to support and uphold the Constitution, and I intend to do just that,” Dahm said. “A broad majority of Oklahomans oppose gun restrictions, and expect their elected officials to defend their Second Amendment rights. With federal authorities currently considering gun restrictions, we must be diligent.”
Rep. Sean Roberts will be among 15 bill authors of a measure named the Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act.
House Bill 2021 would assert the Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans by exempting guns or ammunition made in the state from federal regulations. The bill specifies that to qualify for the exemption the guns must be clearly marked as “Made in Oklahoma” and kept within state boundaries.
In 2010, the legislation was introduced as Senate Bill 1685, but was vetoed by then Gov. Brad Henry after passing in both the House and Senate.
“It doesn’t seem to matter how many times the U.S. Supreme Court upholds up our Second Amendment rights,” said Roberts, R-Hominy. “Anti-gun activists continue to seek to restrict lawful gun rights. This bill is meant to address potential federal gun control actions and regulations. I consider the legislation a states’ right bill.”
Rep. John Bennett, a second bill author, said the bill is intended to fight off the overreach of the federal government into our state.
“I am a huge supporter of our Second Amendment rights, a certified firearms instructor with the NRA, CLEET and the U.S. Marine Corps, and a sports shooter and hunter. The bill will be the same language as Senate Bill 1685, by former Senator Randy Brogdon, in 2009. It will give Oklahomans greater protection for their right to keep and bear arms. A majority of my constituents have overwhelmingly voiced their fears of gun control by the Obama Administration and I promised I would fight to protect their constitutional rights. I will do everything in my power to ensure our constitutional rights are protected from an administration that has shown that they do not care about the rights of “We the People,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw.
The bill’s authors are Roberts, Bennett and Reps. Mike Ritze, Josh Cockroft, Jadine Nollan, Arthur Hulbert, Mike Reynolds, Jason Murphey, Sally Kern, Lewis Moore, Mike Sanders, Mike Turner, Tom Newell, Dan Fisher and David Brumbaugh.
The Center for Responsive Politics reports the median wealth of the 94 new U. S. senators and congressmen is nearly a million dollars more than the $66,740 net worth of the typical American household. And newly-elected 2nd District Congressman Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, is among them.
The Center’s website, OpenSecrets.org, reviewed the personal financial disclosure forms filed by all members of Congress and says Mullin listed his net worth at between $1.1 million and $2,693,000. He listed no liabilities. His net worth ranks him 146th wealthiest in the U.S. House.
Oklahoma’s other new House member, James Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, lists his net worth from minus $138,994 to plus $214,999. He’s ranked 386th in the House. His net worth dips into the negative column because Bridenstine lists liabilities of nearly $250,000.
Why was it important for the Center to examine the reports?
“While America continues to claw its way back to economic stability, voters have nevertheless chosen to elect new members of Congress who have already made it big,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center.
She was quoted in an email news release made by the Center. The Center noted that while the freshmen members of Congress are significantly wealthier than most Americans, they are on par with their colleagues in Congress where all 535 members have a median estimated net worth of about $966,000.
The Center says data shows Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is the richest with an average estimated wealth of $500.1 million, mostly because he is married to the daughter of Clear Channel Communications Chairman Lowry Mays. California Republican Darrell Issa had been the wealthiest but McCaul surpassed the $480.3 million in wealth reported by Issa.
Others in the Oklahoma congressional delegation include Senator Jim Inhofe whose wealth is listed at nearly $17.4 million, ranking him 21st wealthiest in the Senate; Tom Coburn who has wealth ranging from $1.8 million to $5.5 million and is ranked 36th in the Senate; Congressman Tom Cole who is ranked 83rd in the House with an estimated wealth of $5.3 million; Frank Lucas who lists his wealth at slightly more than $1 million and is ranked 294th in the House; and James Lankford whose wealth is estimated at $315,000. He is ranked 345th in the House.
While Democratic party leaders like to point to the GOP as being the party of the rich, Democrats in the House and Senate tend to be wealthier than their Republican counterparts. The median wealth of Democrats in Congress is $990,508 while the median for Republicans is $907,014.
Jan 17 2013 | Posted in Congress
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Michael Behenna’s parents continue their fight to free the former Army 1st lieutenant from military prison.
Scott and Vcki Behenna said they will testify next week before a Department of Defense subcommittee formed by the Secretary of Defense.
Michael Behenna is serving time in the death of an iunsurgent operative in Iraq.
In an email, Scott Behenna writes, “I just wanted to let you know that next Tuesday 1/22, Vicki and I will be testifying before a DoD subcommittee formed by the SECDEF to review the cases involving Soldiers killing “civilians” in the Iraq and Afghan theatres. We will address cases where the persons killed were insurgents or members of AQ, I hope this committee will take some of our suggestions and look into some glaring problems with the UCMJ investigations and prosecutions. At their first hearing in November, the majority of the testimony was from civil rights groups who
wanted to see more prosecutions of Soldiers/Marines and made allegations that the Government was whitewashing investigations. We will also be back in DC on Feb 7th for Michael’s 4th Clemency hearing.”
Jan 17 2013 | Posted in General
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“Since our founding, Americans have owned and kept guns in their homes. The recent rise in mass shootings is not a product of gun ownership but a cultural shift that has occurred in our nation, requiring serious evaluation. Any proposals to address this shift must work to solve the problem, not just force Congress to ‘do something.’” ~ Congressman James Lankford
Jan 17 2013 | Posted in Congress
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