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The Tulsa Regional Chamber urged a veto because the bill "impairs the right of businesses and property owners to implement safeguards to prohibit untrained individuals with no background checks from carrying guns into their establishment".

In a rare blow to the National Rifle Association, Fallin vetoed a bill that would have loosened gun laws in the conservative state. It would have authorized people 21 and older and military personnel who are at least 18 to legally carry a handgun, either openly or concealed, without a state-issued license or permit.

But as INTO previously reported, Catholic groups have been strong-arming state lawmakers into passing anti-LGBTQ adoption bills by threatening to close up shop if the discriminatory laws aren't introduced.

Mary Fallin on Friday signed a law that says no child-placement agency will be required to put children up for adoption or in foster care in situations that "violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies". Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearms in Oklahoma.

Currently, five states - Mississippi, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and North Dakota - have similar laws on the books, although Michigan's law is being challenged in the federal courts thanks to the ACLU.

On the same day, Fallin signed a bill that would offer protections for faith-based agencies that refuse to let same-sex couples adopt children due to their religious beliefs.

Fallin released a statement announcing her veto and stressing her support for the Second Amendment.

Fallin is in the final months of her second term as governor. Dahm, who is running for Congress, said in a video on Facebook that what he called RINOs, or "Republicans in name only", are "either drinking the Kool-Aid or the swamp water".

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Meanwhile, supporters of the measure said they believed members of the public should be able to defend themselves from threats without having to meet the requirements set out by the state to carry a firearm.

Oklahoma's legislative session has ended, so any further action over the bill will have to wait until next year.

The bill's author says he believes adoptions will increase in the state.

Allie Shinn, the director of external affairs for the American Civil Liberties Union chapter of Oklahoma, said the law's "only goal is to shortsightedly advance the careers of politicians who are more interested in exploiting a culture of fear and hysteria than they are in effectively governing".

The new law makes it legal to deny placing children in LGBTQ homes based on "religious objections".

"SB 1140 allows faith-based agencies that contract with Oklahoma to continue to operate in accordance with their beliefs".

"With over 400,000 children in foster care nationwide, including more than 16,000 in Oklahoma alone, the Oklahoma legislature should be focusing on how it can attract more qualified and loving parents to the system - not rejecting potential homes based on the gender identity or sexual orientation of the parents".

"The bill will help continue Oklahoma's successful placement of children with a broad array of loving families", she said in a statement.


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