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Oklahoma’s Parking Lot Expansion Bill Survives House and Senate Conference Committees – More Action Necessary!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bill to be put to full vote in both chambers as end of this legislative session quickly approaches!

 Thanks to your support, NRA-backed House Bill 1652 passed in both the Oklahoma House and Senate with strong support. This “Parking Lot/Employee Protection” expansion bill was sent to separate House and Senate conference committees due to minor differences in the versions of this bill passed in both chambers. As the Oklahoma legislative session draws to a close, this bill has very limited time to be considered in the House for a vote before it can be voted on by the Senate.  After this, HB 1652 will still need Governor Mary Fallin’s signature. 

HB 1652 would allow concealed carry permit holders to lock their firearms in their vehicles on technology center campuses and parking lots set aside for use by governmental entities and professional sporting events. This bill was authored by state Representative John Enns (R-41) in the House and is sponsored by state Senators Steve Russell (R-45) and Anthony Sykes (R-24) in the Senate. 

This important bill has a very limited amount of time to pass and needs your help! Please contact your state Representative and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 1652.  Your state Representative needs to hear from you TODAY, as he or she is under heavy pressure by anti-gun opponents and higher education lobbyists to weaken or kill the bill.  Contact information for the Oklahoma House of Representatives can be found here.

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