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In the Final Week of Session, the Oklahoma Legislature Passes Legislation to Legalize Suppressors While Hunting

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Today, the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to legalize the use of suppressors while hunting through passage of Senate Bill 1743 by a 78 to 3 vote.  Last week, SB 1743 passed in the state Senate by a 44 to 0 vote.  This bill now heads to Governor Mary Fallin for her consideration and approval.

Senate Bill 1743, also known as the “Landowner’s Hunting Freedom Act” was authored by state Senator Steve Russell (R-45) and state Representative Leslie Osborn (R-47).  If enacted, this legislation would allow Oklahoma landowners and their guests to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting.  This legislation is particularly important as noise complaints are being used more frequently as an excuse to close shooting ranges, informal shooting areas, and hunting lands throughout the country.

Increased use of suppressors will help eliminate many of these complaints and protect hunting and shooting areas well into the future.  Most importantly, it will help protect hunters hearing.  For more information on firearms and suppressors, click here.

Last week, Governor Fallin signed into law Senate Bill 1760 (Emergency Powers) and Senate Bill 1733 (Open Carry omnibus).  Please contact Governor Fallin to thank her for her strong support of firearm freedoms and ask for her signature on Senate Bill 1743, the “Landowner’s Hunting Freedom Act.”

Contact information for Governor Fallin can be found here.
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