Oklahoma legislators have designated the nation's first-ever 2nd Amendment Day to celebrate citizens' right to keep and bear arms.
According to HumanEvents.com, the bill to create 2nd Amendment Day was signed into law by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on April 14. Beginning this year, the Sooner State will annually recognize June 28 as 2nd Amendment Day.
June 28 was selected to commemorate last year's decision by the United States Supreme Court, which ruled that the 2nd Amendment's right of individuals to keep and bear arms applies to the States. On June 28, 2010, the nation's high court nullified the city of Chicago's ban on handguns, determining that any such measure violates the Constitution.
In addition, Fallin recently signed legislation that will give Oklahoma business owners the right to use deadly force through use of firearms if they have reason to fear death or substantial bodily harm, according to news provider KFOR. Previously, Oklahomans only had the right to use deadly force in self-defense in their own homes.
This bill is designed to allow store employees to protect themselves against dangerous criminals without fear of legal repercussions. The law is scheduled to go into effect in November, the news source reported.