Scott co-authors bill to modify gun law for felon passengers

Sen. Paul Scott and Rep. Jim Olsen co-authored a bill filed Thursday which would keep felons from being unfairly punished for riding in vehicles with drivers legally carrying a firearm. Senate Bill 46 aims to remove language prohibiting a convicted felon, person serving on probation or any person previously judged as a delinquent child or youthful offender in the commission of a felony crime if that person was an adult, from riding in a vehicle as a passenger with a firearm in the vehicle belonging to someone else. “The legislature has worked extremely hard in recent years to address prison overcrowding and to be smarter on crime in Oklahoma. This loophole has unnecessarily caused individuals to be put back in prison because they weren’t aware that the driver of the vehicle had a gun in the car,” said Scott, R-Duncan. “If we don’t change this, we could be potentially putting peaceful individuals who are trying to restart their lives back in prison for up to ten years that had no ill intent to anyone. They simply unknowingly got a ride from someone who is legally carrying a firearm in their vehicle.” Oklahoma Second Amendment Association requested the bill, according to a release from the Oklahoma State Senate. “A great example is ministers with conceal carry licenses who are concerned about giving felons a ride to church events. They’re trying to help the felon yet if they’re pulled over for a traffic violation, it could be devastating for the individual […]

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