Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed two floor substitutes this past week aimed at further strengthening and protecting the Second Amendment in the state.
HB 1078 would strengthen the power of county sheriffs by authorizing them to detain or arrest any federal employee within their county jurisdiction if the employee is attempting to enforce any federal act, law, executive, administrative or court order, rule, policy or regulation that is in violation of the Second Amendment Sanctuary Act.
The Second Amendment Sanctuary Act guarantees the right of any law-abiding citizen in the state to keep and bear arms and preempts the entire field of legislation by any agency or political subdivision of the state to infringe upon Second Amendment rights.
“Last session, we took an incredibly important step to secure the right to keep and bear arms for all Oklahomans, as protected by the United States Constitution,” Dahm said. “As the Biden Administration continues to disregard the Constitution and our individual rights, it’s becoming abundantly clear that we must push back. This measure would add an additional layer of protection from overreach by the federal government. Simply put – don’t come for our guns.”
HB 1079 would create the Ghost Gun Protection Act, meaning any firearms, accessories, ammunition, or suppressors manufactured in the state that remain in Oklahoma would not be subject to federal law, taxes or registration under the authority of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.
“The commerce clause of the Constitution has been grossly misconstrued by the Supreme Court,” Dahm said. “Their interpretation gives Congress the power to regulate anything you could possibly conceive being slightly related to interstate commerce. But let me be clear – we must push back. Ghost guns, firearms, accessories, ammunition and suppressors made in Oklahoma, for Oklahomans, are not subject to congressional authority.”
Both measures now await a vote by the full Senate. If approved, they would go back to the House of Representatives for final approval before heading to the governor’s desk.