Oklahoma: Bill lessening the responsibilities of gun owners passes Wildlife Committee

Oklahoma HB 1142 - ostensibly legislation that “clarif[ies the] manner in which a loaded or unloaded firearm can be carried without a license” has passed its first hurdle in the state House of Representatives. The House Wildlife Committee issued a “do pass” recommendation by a party-line, 9-2 vote yesterday, clearing the way for passage by the full House.

HB 1142 removes a number of responsibilities from gun owners, removing the requirement that a carried weapon be open and not concealed during activities including:

  • Hunting;

  • Competition or target practice;

  • Safety courses

  • For “entertainment purposes”;

LEAP Forward is continuing to grade this bill and scoring opposition.