Oklahoma House passes legislation to allow personnel to carry guns in schools

House Bill 2336 would allow districts to authorize certain people to carry a handgun on school property, as long as they have a valid reserve peace officer certification or possess a valid handgun license.

The legislation would also allow districts to work with law enforcement on alternative instruction if they cannot find personnel wiling to undergo the required private security guard training according to the bill's author, Rep. Sean Roberts.

“Having someone onsite who can respond to a potentially dangerous situation is critical,” Roberts said. “This legislation is especially important in our rural areas, where law enforcement is sometimes half an hour away when they receive a call. I was glad to work with county sheriffs on this bill and I’m grateful for their leadership and expertise in this area.”

LEAP Forward has scored the House votes on HB 2336 and will continue to grade this legislation as it makes its way through the Senate.

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2/28/19 - Graded Votes

Tracked legislation LEAP Forward has scored over the past 24 hours

United States HR 8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. Scored in support

Passed the full House 240-190-2 (Yeas 232 Ds, 8 Rs; Nays 2 Ds, 188 Rs, Other 1 D, 1 R)

Montana SB 304: Allows legislators to concealed carry on state property. Scored in opposition.

Passed the full Senate 30-20-0 (Yeas: 30 Rs, 0 Ds; Nays 0 Rs, 20 Ds.)

Ohio HB 86: Removes certain firearms from being regulated as “dangerous ordinance.” Scored in opposition

Passed the full House 76-20-0 (Yeas: 59 Rs, 17 Ds; Nays 0 Rs, 20 Ds.)

Oklahoma HB 2597: Permitless Carry. Scored in opposition.

Passed the full Senate 40-5-2 (Yeas: 38 Rs, 2 Ds; Nays 0 Rs, 5 Ds; Other 1 R, 1 D)

South Dakota SB 115: Concealed carry in the state capitol. Scored in opposition.

Passed the House State Affairs Committee 8-4-1 (Yeas 8 Rs, 0 Ds; Nays 2 Rs, 2 Ds; Other 1R)

Utah HB 17: Directs the creation of a firearm safety and suicide prevention video in conjunction with the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Scored in support.

Passed the full House 65-4-5 (Yeas: 49 Rs, 16 Ds; Nays: 4 Rs, 0 Ds; Other: 5 Rs, 0 Ds)


Oklahoma lawmaker responsible for state's concealed carry law "concerned" by permitless carry

The man who pushed for years to allow concealed carry in Oklahoma said that while he thinks his bill made Oklahomans safer, he’s not a fan of permitless carry.


Forces align against Oklahoma's permitless carry bill

Several Oklahoma faith leaders are planning a vigil outside the office of Oklahoma's new governor urging him to rethink his support for a bill that would allow people to carry guns in public without training or background checks.

The Oklahoma Conference of Churches, Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry and other faith leaders are expected to participate in Monday's prayer vigil.

Dubbed "constitutional carry" by its supporters , the gun bill that former Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed last year is being rushed to the desk of new Gov. Kevin Stitt, who has said he looks forward to signing it.

The legislation in question, Oklahoma HB 2597, is the latest in a slate of “constitutional carry” legislation being pushed through state legislatures from Iowa to South Carolina to Kentucky. It’s already passed the Oklahoma Senate, and faces a good prognosis in the Republican-dominated Senate. Faith leaders don’t want it. Cops don’t want it. And citizens like Diane Tipling of Stillwater are flooding newspaper inboxes with letters to the editor opposing it:

The 2017 CDC data shows states with permitless carry have higher gun homicide rates than other states. Requiring a permit would not violate the 2nd Amendment for in 2008, the US Supreme Court ruled the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms, but it “is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

Finally, our own Oklahoma Constitution states “The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited; but nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons.”

Fortunately, there seems to be one industry that thinks it will do quite well should the bill become law:

Investors in the mortuary industry owe a debt of gratitude to the Oklahoma House of Representatives who voted to curb the onerous current regulations governing gun ownership.

Their prescience is surely deserving of angelic applause.


Retired Police Chief: Oklahoma permitless carry law a "nightmare for law enforcement"

Isom is executive director of the REJIS Commission. He is the retired chief of police for the Metropolitan Police Department-City of St. Louis. He served as the Missouri Director of Public Safety, and a member of the Ferguson Commission.


Oklahoma Gov. Stitt: "Supportive of Constitutional Carry"

After a Senate Committee last week passed Oklahoma HB 2597 - the state’s version of ‘constitutional carry’ legislation. Now, the state’s governor has indicated he’ll sign the bill if it makes it to his desk. From Barbara Hoberock, Tulsa World:

Stitt said he liked the protections in the bill for property rights and organizations such as the National Basketball Association, in which a property owner or business owner can choose to say it is a gun-free environment.

“So I think that has the protections that were voiced by some property owners,” Stitt said. “I am very supportive of that piece of it.

“We will monitor it and make sure there are no changes coming out the Senate, but I am very supportive of the Second Amendment and look forward to signing it.”


Editorial: Oklahoma Doesn't Need Constitutional Carry

From Zeth McNeal, in NewsOK:

If you live in Oklahoma, you have encountered the gun culture here. Ask any gun-owning friend and the third word out of their mouth will be safety-related. Gun safety is synonymous with gun culture in Oklahoma. It's not the majority of reserved, responsible gun owners who want to gut 24 years of tradition, law and order; it's a small minority of radical enthusiasts.

Passing these laws would be would be a sudden, dramatic change to our society and our traditions with little concern for the consequences. Constitutional carry replaces the OSDA, eliminating the requirement for people to earn permits through a background check and safety training process. One cannot be a responsible gun owner and delight in the idea of our fellow Oklahomans carrying guns with zero training or practice. That is antithetical to Oklahoman gun culture.

A reserved, responsible leader “stands athwart history yelling Stop.” It’s time we ask our governing leaders where they stand.

LEAP Forward has been tracking both SB 12 and HB 2597 and scoring opposition.


Gun store owner speaking out against 'Constitutional Carry' bill

From Will Hutchinson, Texoma News Network:

Supporters of House Bill 2597 say if the bill is passed, nothing will change in terms of who can buy a gun. Felons and those with mental illnesses will still be unable to legally carry them. What would change, however, is the process after you buy a gun, as citizens would no longer need to own a permit those guns or receive any training to carry them in public, whether it be openly or concealed. The bill’s authors believe that’s the way the Constitution intended it, but Ken Murphree with Murf’s Guns in Duncan disagrees.

"I’ve taught hundreds of classes and thousands of people. Every class has people that can’t function, work, operate a gun. Instructions must happen,” Murphree said.

Murphree said that need for training includes our lawmakers.

"I’ve had elected officials take my class and stand there and shoot guns they cannot operate and cut their thumbs because they hold a gun wrong who want to vote no training,” Murphree said.

HB 2597 has passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives and is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee tomorrow at 9 AM. LEAP Forward is tracking and grading action on the legislation, and is scoring opposition.


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.