Gun rights big focus of legislative session

Gun rights big focus of legislative session

Oklahoma lawmakers are doubling down on gun rights with a slew of bills filed for the 2022 legislative session – several of which were proposed by state Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair. (Photo by Thomas Def via Unsplash) OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma lawmakers are doubling down on gun rights with a slew of bills filed for the 2022 legislative session. Even after passing laws last year to allow open carry without licensure, legislators are pushing again this year for further protections for gun owners and manufacturers. State Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, has announced Tuesday he intends to file a resolution that would send a constitutional amendment to a vote of the people. Roberts said the language is in need of an update. “It is imperative that we reinforce the right to bear arms outlined in our constitution in order to protect that right from state court rulings that have tried to weaken it,” Roberts said statement. The resolution Roberts proposes would prohibit registration or “special taxation” on acquiring or transferring ownership of firearms, ammunition or components of firearms. State Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow – who is running for Congress to replace current U.S. Sen. James Lankford – has filed several measures for the upcoming session. Senate Bill 1199 seeks to prohibit federal officers from confiscating guns in Oklahoma, SB 1200 would require federal agents to notify the local sheriff before operating in a county. SB 1201 would allow sheriffs to enlist citizens to form a posse to defend the […]

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