OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate voted unanimously Thursday to override Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of House Bill 2461. Coming just days after similar action in the state House, it was the first time the Republican-dominated Legislature reversed a veto from the GOP governor.
After saying for days an override attempt was unlikely, Senate President Pro Temp Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, allowed Majority Floor Leader Mike Schultz, R-Altus, to schedule a vote on the bill, a measure ardently supported by gun rights’ groups.
In his weekly briefing for Capitol reporters, Bingman said he and other supporters of the legislation hoped for an alternative to enact its provisions, thereby avoiding a veto showdown with Fallin.