Feb 1, 2012
On Jan 28th I re-posted this Action Alert from OK2A
On Jan 30, 2012 Fox 25 reports;
Gun rights bill confusion
Gun owners are outraged over a senate bill that would restrict gun rights. But hopefully they won’t be upset for long. It ends up the bill itself and subsequent outrage is all one big mix-up. more
OK2A, the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association writes;
The language contained in the bill would do away with all reciprocal agreements for concealed carry permits in Oklahoma. Senator Ellis, the author, and the Oklahoma Rifle Association, the sponsor, have both said that the language in the bill is an error.
Fox 25 spoke with Sen.Ellis and Tim Gillespie, founder of OK2a on Monday;
OK2A says SB 1550 is still a bad bill even with the offending language removed;
They say the bill was meant to make it illegal for Oklahoma residents to have a concealed carry permit from another state. It is still a bad bill.
This notion treats a symptom rather than dealing with the real problem. Oklahoma’s concealed carry permit is too expensive. To get an Oklahoma CCL you are going to spend at least $175 between the class, the Sheriff, OSBI, etc., while in other states you can get it for much less. That is why we are sponsoring SB1550, authored by Senator Shortey, which would lower the fee to $35 for OSBI and the Sheriff.
We don’t like the notion that people are being charged at all for exercising their God-given, Constitutionally-recognized rights. But at least this bill brings the fee down closer to what it should be, $0, and makes it more affordable for people to get the CCL from Oklahoma.
Please continue to call Senator Ellis. Tell him SB1556 is still a bad idea. Ask him to withdraw it and support SB1550 instead. You may reach Senator Ellis’ office at (405) 521-5614.