Oklahoma State Sen Nathan Dahm, R, announced he has filed Senate Bill 1081 to pre-empt bills being considered federally to restrict firearms sales to or remove firearms from people with “red flags” in their backgrounds. The proposed laws would allow law enforcement or even family members to petition a judge to remove guns from people who pose a threat to themselves or others.
The proposed laws have gained support from both major parties to varying degrees. Last year, eight states signed red flag bills into law. Five other states already had red flag laws before that.
Dahm’s bill would declare any federal red flag law powerless in Oklahoma. The bill also would prohibit any state or local entities from accepting federal funds to entice agencies into forbidding gun ownership for any person.
The bill will be heard in the next legislative session, starting in February.