Gov. Fallin Reacts To Executive Order On Gun Control

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 11:22 pm
By: News 9

President Obama calls for a ban on assault weapons and ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds, and universal background checks. So far, the proposals are a tough sell here in Oklahoma, and Gov. Mary Fallin says, no matter what, she's going to protect the state's second amendment right.

The plan has already upset gun owners across the state. Last week, we talked to a Shawnee woman, who had her .32-caliber pistol ready for a burglar who kicked down her front door. She and her husband, weighed in on the president's sweeping gun proposals.

It was broad daylight on a Friday afternoon when Pam Loman had thought she may have to use her pistol for the first time.

"I'm glad I had that right to have that gun in the house, to protect me," said Pam Loman.

"Without that right, she just would have been somebody scared, probably would have got killed, no telling what," said Pam's husband, James.

Right in her backyard, Pam is able to practice firing her gun. She says it was her only defense, at a time when she was alone, and had nothing else to protect herself.

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"It was locked and loaded when those guys come in," said James. "She didn't have to shoot to save her life, but the fact that she had the gun, I feel saved her life."

But now, the Loman's are like many gun owners here in Oklahoma who feel like their right to bear arms is slowly being taken away.

"It upsets me. I mean, you know, that's what our rights are for, is to protect yourself," said James. 

"It's not the guns that are hurting people, it's the wrong people with the gun," said Pam.

Fallin says Oklahoma believes in the second amendment, and doesn't plan to put legislation on assault weapons at this time.

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"I will always defend, and stand up for our second amendment rights, and the right to be able to bear arms," said Gov. Mary Fallin.

"Me having that right, if it was taken away, I mean, what defense would I have had. Nothing," said Pam.

The President issued 23 executive orders that don't require Congressional approval, including a requirement that federal agencies make more data available for background checks.

House Speaker John Boehner says he would consider gun legislation, if the Senate passes it first.