Feb 21, 2011
Time for some phone calls!
I don’t know about you but I am wishing that our lawmakers would have done the right thing by reinstating the open government rule at the start of session when it was offered. These bills are only a couple of MANY bills that are smothered before they get the chance for a fair assessment.
53 Oklahoma legislators voted against the open government amendment but a special prize has to go to the ones that changed their vote under pressure.
The flippers included freshman* Rusty Farley, as well as Don Armes, John Enns, Mike Jackson, Charlie Joyner, Jason Nelson, T.W. Shannon, Todd Thomsen, and Colby Schwartz. Excused during this vote were Seneca Scott, Purcy Walker, Leslie Osborn, Jerry Shoemake and Sue Tibbs.
Now-about those Second Amendment bills….
Open Carry In Trouble
Rep. Sue Tibbs, chairman of the House Public Safety Committee, and Sen. Don Barrington, chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee, have both decided to deny a hearing for Open Carry in Oklahoma. It looks like this session will be more of the same. That is unacceptable.
This week, OK2A and other conservative groups will be working to force leadership to listen to the people and stop holding up good Second Amendment legislation.
But we need you to make phone calls and send emails to Rep. Tibbs and Speaker Steele and to Senator Barrington and the Senate President Pro Tempore Bingman. Please tell them that Oklahoma needs to be an Open Carry state.
(405) 521-2711 Ext. 127
Tulsa, OK 74129-7603
|Senator Don Barrington
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 515
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Executive Assistant: Sandra Shelton
|4506 N.E. Highlander Cr.
Lawton, OK 73507
Even liberal states like California, Massachusetts, and Washington have open carry laws. There is no excuse for Oklahoma to not be an Open Carry state, yet we are one of only seven states to infringe upon this Constitutionally protected right. Perhaps our elected officials need to be reminded that the Second Amendment to the US Constitution says, “…The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The Second Amendment restriction against government infringement of the people’s right applies to all levels of government, including our state legislature. Please call or email the people listed below and tell them to make Oklahoma an Open Carry state. Also, please forward this email to anyone you know who is a supporter of the Second Amendment and ask them to do the same.
Speaker Steele: (405) 557-7345 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Tibbs: (405) 557-7379 or email@example.com
Your Representative: the House Switchboard number is (405) 521-2711 or (800) 522-8502 – if you are unsure who your Representative is you can find out at www.lsb.state.ok.us. If you know who your Representative is and want to find his or her direct line or email address, you may find it at this link, as well.
Senate President Pro Tempore Bingman: (405) 521-5528 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Barrington: (405) 521-5563 or email@example.com
Your Senator: the Senate Switchboard number is (405) 524-0126 – if you are unsure who your Senator is you can find out at www.lsb.state.ok.us. If you know who your Senator is and want to find his or her direct line or email address, you may find it at this link, as well.