House approves bill to exempt Okla.-made guns

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Updated: 3/13/2013 10:58 am Published: 3/13/2013 2:13 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The federal government would be unable to regulate firearms and ammunition manufactured and in Oklahoma under a bill approved by the state House.

The so-called "Firearms Freedom Act" passed the House Tuesday on a 79-12 vote.

It provides that any state-manufactured firearm "is not subject to federal law, federal taxation or federal regulation" as long as it remains within state borders.

The measure specifically excludes fully automatic weapons or those designed to fire rocket-propelled grenades or other explosive projectiles.

Supporters say the bill is designed to prevent an overreach of the federal government with regard to gun rights, but opponents say the bill could eliminate important safeguards.

Former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry vetoed a similar bill during his final year in office in 2010.

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