An Oklahoma law allowing nonfelons to lock legal guns in their vehicles while parked at their jobs was temporarily blocked yesterday by a federal judge in Tulsa, reports the Oklahoman. Judge Sven Erik Holmes will consider the issue on Thursday. The new state law is pre-empted by contrary federal law, Holmes said, noting that the U.S. Constitution gives federal law supremacy over conflicting state laws. The judge said that amendments to Oklahoma’s Self Defense Act contradicted federal laws that prohibit guns at places, such as post offices and schools.
Whirlpool and other companies sued to block the law. “We would prefer to go back to the law as it was, where an employer would have a choice as to whether they wanted to ban guns from their premises or not,” said David E. Strecker, an attorney for the state chamber of commerce. “The Second Amendment says we have the right to bear arms,” said Rep. Jerry Ellis, the new law’s author. “We need to take care of our law-abiding citizens and take measures to take care of them.”