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Oklahoma: Senate to Consider Right to Carry Reform Legislation

Monday, April 8, 2013

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.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.