On April 4, House Bill 1558 passed in the Senate Public Safety Committee and will now go to the Senate floor. Sponsored by state Senator Kyle Loveless (R-45), House Bill 1558 creates an exception to the ban on concealed carrying of a handgun while on a public bus for those with a valid concealed carry permit. Existing Oklahoma law prohibits any person, even law-abiding permit holders, from carrying a handgun concealed while utilizing public transportation – yet allows the same law-abiding permit holder to exercise their right to self-defense while using private conveyance. This common sense legislation would allow those licensed to carry a firearm elsewhere in Oklahoma to do so on a public bus line.
By creating this new exception for law-abiding permit holders, House Bill 1558 does away with a discriminatory provision that would force those to be unarmed who cannot own a vehicle to travel due to economic status. NRA-ILA will keep you updated on the status of this bill. Please contact your state Senator and urge him or her to support House Bill 1558.