The 2011 Norman Music Festival
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It's springtime in Oklahoma, festival season is getting underway, and two of the Metro's biggest kicked off this week.

The eighth Norman Music Festival opened Thursday night - with one of the most controversial lead-ups in recent memory.

A loophole in Oklahoma law allows individuals to obtain a valid handgun license without ever firing a practice shot or picking up a gun.

Scores of Oklahomans have avoided the state’s requirement to take live firearm training with a licensed instructor in order to obtain a license to carry a concealed or visible handgun. The applicants instead apply for a license in a state such as Virginia that requires the applicant only to take an online quiz and pass a background check, which Oklahoma also requires. Oklahoma recognizes licenses granted in other states.

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A recently filed bill would allow state gun owners to own firearms made and kept in Oklahoma without registering them with the federal government.

SB0010 was filed by Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid. It would create the Firearms Manufacturer Relocation to Oklahoma Act, which would exempt guns made and sold in the state from any federal law, taxation or regulation under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce.

The bill also states that certain materials imported into the state for the manufacturing of firearms or firearm accessories to not make those firearms subject to federal regulation.

Anderson said the purpose of his bill is to appeal to gun makers nationally and attract their businesses into the local economy.

“The primary goal is to say, ‘Come to Oklahoma,’” Anderson said. “Oklahoma’s a gun friendly state and we’d love to have their businesses and employees here in Oklahoma.”

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The State Regents for Higher Education will again consider the issue of concealed carry on campus, according to Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Johnson said Wednesday the regents expect a “fairly active interim,”  and will consider a joint interim study authored by Rep. John Enns, R-Waukomis, and Sens. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie and Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, about concealed carry on college and university campuses.

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The Oklahoma Senate has voted to override Gov. Mary Fallin's veto of a House bill dealing with federal gun regulations.

The Senate voted 39-0 Thursday to override. The House voted 86-3 on April 30 for the veto override and the bill now becomes law without the governor's signature.

The bill requires law enforcement authorities to certify within 15 days that a firearm applicant is eligible to receive it under federal regulations.

House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview) at Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State address - February 3, 2014.
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The Oklahoma House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override a veto by Gov. Mary Fallin of a House bill dealing with federal regulations over firearms.

The move is the latest signal of the growing tension between the Republican governor and the GOP-controlled House.

It's an hour before suppertime, and the line outside Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky., is wrapped around the building. The people are waiting for more than a Bible sermon; there's a raffle tonight. Twenty-five guns are up for grabs.

There's nothing new about gun raffles in Kentucky, even at a church. Last year, there were 50 events like this one in the state. The Kentucky Baptist Convention says it's a surefire way to get new people through church doors.

State Rep. Mike Shelton (D-Oklahoma City)
Oklahoma House

A Democratic state representative from northeast Oklahoma City says he's canceled plans for a study of the state's gun laws because several gun rights groups declined to participate.

State Rep. Mike Shelton says he planned to host an interim legislative study on Tuesday to look at both the state's open carry law, which allows licensed adults to openly display a handgun, and the "Stand Your Ground" law that allows the use of deadly force.

As parents send their kids off to school this fall, many are wondering what's been done since last year to make sure they're safe.

Many schools have embraced new security measures since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, from uniformed police on hallway patrol to shatterproof laminated windows.

'How Could This Have Happened?'

Bob Gay of Newtown, Conn., has a tattoo on his arm of his daughter Josephine's footprints as a baby and the number "2560," for the number of days she was alive.

State Rep. Mike Shelton (D-Oklahoma City)
Oklahoma House

A Democratic lawmaker from Oklahoma City says he intends to convene an interim study in the fall to conduct a review of the state's so-called "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law and open carry laws.

Rep. Mike Shelton said Wednesday he wants to bring together members from law enforcement, the mental health community and others to examine if Oklahoma firearms laws "best suit our needs and our situation."

Based on Florida's law, Oklahoma's "Stand Your Ground" law essentially allows law abiding citizens who are attacked in public to use deadly force if they feel threatened.