Although the House passed the Open Carry bill, HB 1647 late last evening (10:30 pm), something did indeed go awry.
Members voted 55-39 to pass the bill. A parliamentary procedure kept the bill from advancing immediately to the Senate.
A couple minutes later Bennett and other supporters of the measure realized they had been bamboozled.
“They caught us off guard at 11:30 at night,” said Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, a supporter of the measure. “We thought it had the word ‘or’ in it.”
Bennett said he was disappointed with all the parliamentary attacks on the bill, which were confusing.
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The Tulsa World Reports:
Open-carry advocates say they were duped as weakened legislation passes Oklahoma House
OKLAHOMA CITY — A long night of lawmaking ended in an uproar just before midnight Wednesday, with open-carry gun advocates claiming they had been tricked into voting for legislation they didn’t want.
House leadership opposed the bill and kept it from being voted out of committee, but author John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, was able to gather sufficient signatures on what is known as a discharge petition to have the measure placed on general order — meaning it was eligible for a vote.
In the course of a procedural maze, Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa, moved to adopt an amendment by Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman, that added the requirement that the person in fear of bodily harm obtain a protective order. Bennett, to the surprise of the bill’s opponents, accepted the amendment, and the bill passed as amended 55-39.