Bill Filed to Allow ‘High Profile’ Persons to Carry Everywhere in Oklahoma

Proposed law would allow statewide elected officials to carry anywhere in Oklahoma

Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, believes that threats to public officials are becoming more commonplace and real.

People in high-profile positions can fall victim to unstable people, he said as the reason for his pre-filing SB 6 for consideration when the next legislative session convenes on February 6, 2017. Under the bill, statewide elected or appointed officials would be able to carry a firearm anywhere in Oklahoma, following the completion of a handgun qualification course. SB 6 would also give the same rights to federally elected or appointed officials in the Sooner State.

“There’s an epidemic of people wanting to be famous in their last act,” Brecheen said.

If approved, statewide officials, such as the governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, federal congressional delegation, attorney general, U.S. attorneys, and state auditor and inspector, as well as others, would be able bring their guns inside the state Capitol, courtrooms, and other places previously restricted. Currently, the Capitol is protected by Oklahoma troopers operating metal detectors.

The bill would take effect on November 1, 2017 if it passes. — by Michael Wisdom, Senior Contributing Editor, Texas & U.S. Law Shield Blog

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