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Oklahoma: “Parking Lot/Employee Protection” Expansion Bill Passes Hurdle in Senate Committee and Heads for a Full Senate Vote!

Friday, April 8, 2011

On Wednesday, April 6, House Bill 1652 was withdrawn from the Senate Public Safety Committee, re-assigned to the Senate Rules Committee and promptly passed by a 9 to 0 vote. After having passed overwhelmingly in the state House, HB 1652 was assigned to the Senate Public Safety Committee on March 21, where it stayed without a hearing before the looming April 8 deadline. The full senate is now expected to consider this legislation next week.

NRA-backed HB 1652 is a “Parking Lot/Worker Protection” expansion bill. This legislation would allow concealed carry permit holders to lock their firearms in their vehicles on technology center campuses, as well as parking lots set aside for use by a governmental entity and professional sporting events. HB 1652 is authored by state Representative John Enns (R-41) and is sponsored by state Senator Steve Russell (R-45).

The NRA would especially like to thank Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman (R-12) and Majority Floor Leader Mike Schulz (R-38), as well as the distinguished members of the Senate Rules Committee, for taking action and making sure HB 1652 received proper consideration.

Please contact your state Senator and respectfully urge him or her to vote in support of HB 1652. To locate your state Senator and their contact information, please click here.

In an unexpected outcome, Senate Bill 129 was defeated in the House Public Safety Committee by a 9 to 8 vote.  This “Open Carry” legislation would have allowed those with concealed carry permits to carry a firearm openly for self-defense.  Sponsored by state Senator Steve Russell (R-45) and state Representative Leslie Osbourn (R-47), SB 129 had previously passed in the state Senate by an overwhelming margin and was expected to face little opposition in the state House.  Last year similar legislation was passed by the state legislature before being vetoed by then-Governor Brad Henry.  This will most certainly remain an important issue during future sessions.

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