On the same day, Fallin signed a bill that would offer protections for faith-based agencies that refuse to let same-sex couples adopt children due to their religious beliefs. Nathan Dahm, was cautious that Fallin would select to veto Constitutional Carry as a result of "she had vetoed different gun laws prior to now", he informed Fox Information on the time.
They also followed a tumultuous session of the Legislature that saw striking teachers march on the Capitol, prompting lawmakers to raise taxes including on the state's powerful oil and gas industry, to fund increases in education spending.
"I believe the firearms laws we now have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal", she said. About a dozen states now allow citizens to carry firearms without a permit.
The NRA blasted Fallin for what it said was ignoring her promise when she ran for re-election in 2014 to support a constitutional carry gun law.
"In a day and time when diversity is becoming a core value to society because it will lead to more options, we should recognize its value for serving Oklahoma also because it leads to more options for loving homes to serve Oklahoma children".
Many business leaders, including local chambers of commerce, also opposed the bill, giving the governor who can not run for re-election under term limits plenty of political cover to veto it. Several Republicans running to succeed her had called on Fallin to sign the measure.
The veto comes after opposition from the business community and law enforcement authorities, including top officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation who have said it could erode public safety.
Senate Bill 1140 cleared the Republican-controlled House and Senate with overwhelming support.
"The new law will bring more adoption services to the state and allow crucial faith-based agencies to continue their decades-long tradition of caring for Oklahoma's most vulnerable children", claimed Oklahoma Archbishop Paul Coakley and Bishop David Konderla said in a press release.
While most people would think this is an argument in favor of maximizing the number of available parents to take children in, supporters say that religious agencies will take their ball and go home instead of placing kids in decent homes that violate the agencies' "sincerely held religious beliefs".
As queer and trans advocacy groups in Oklahoma pursue legal action to overturn the law, almost every leading civil rights organization has come out to oppose SB 1140. "Our message to Gov. Fallin and the lawmakers who championed this travesty is simple: we'll see you in court". "Instead of looking out for the well-being of all Oklahomans, Governor Fallin made a decision to discriminate against parents and families who are ready to open their homes and their hearts to children in the child welfare system".
This is the first new anti-LGBTQ law in the United States in 2018.