Oklahoma legislators: Ban on gun bans is good for the economy

Several Oklahoma lawmakers are touting proposed legislation to prohibit enforcement of federal gun laws as a way to expand the state’s economy.

The bill, which passed the state House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday, would prohibit the enforcement of all federal gun laws in relation to firearms that are manufactured in Oklahoma and stay within the state, koco.com reports. State Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw), the bill’s co-author, told koco.com that the bill would not only protect the state’s Second Amendment rights on gun enforcement, but also help to grow the local economy.

“Additionally, I have joined Reps. Sean Roberts, Dustin Roberts, John Enns, Dan Kirby and R.C. Pruitt in signing and we sent a letter requesting numerous gun manufacturers come to Oklahoma,” Bennett told koco.com. “We have sent them a copy of HB2021 as well as touted our pro-Second Amendment laws we have in this state, as well as the citizens’ support, to ask these companies in other states to move out of their anti-gun states and move here to Oklahoma. Most recently we sent a letter to MagPul Industries in Boulder, Colo. We are courting these companies to relocate to Oklahoma and create hundreds if not thousands of jobs.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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