Yesterday, the Oklahoma Senate passed House Bill 1652, the NRA-backed “Parking Lot/Employee Protection” expansion bill. HB 1652 passed by an overwhelming, bipartisan 41 to 6 vote and will now be sent to conference committee.
Thanks to NRA member communication to the Senate, state Senator Jim Halligan (R-21) pulled his anti-gun amendment from consideration that would have directly threatened Oklahoma’s Firearm Preemption law.
House Bill 1652 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 Senators Steve Russell (R-45) and Anthony Sykes (R-24).
The NRA will continue to keep you informed as HB 1652 moves through the conference committee process. Once through the conference committee, the state House of Representatives will be the first chamber to vote on HB 1652 again and we will be sure to let you know when to begin contacting your state Representative. Your calls and e-mails really do make a difference!