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Oklahoma governor signs adoption bill, vetoes gun bill

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Friday night signed one controversial bill but vetoed another.

Fallin approved a measure allowing private adoption agencies to decline to place children in foster or adoption situations that "violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies." Supporters argue the law is a simple religious liberty protection, but some LGBT advocacy groups have already announced plans for a legal battle.

Fallin rejected a "constitutional carry" bill that would have allowed adults in Oklahoma to carry a handgun without the permit and training presently required. "I believe the firearms laws we currently have in place are effective, appropriate, and minimal," she said.

The decision angered gun rights activists. "Make no mistake, this temporary setback will be rectified when Oklahoma residents elect a new and genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor," said Chris Cox of the National Rifle Association.