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Larry Pratt, GOA, Endorses Darrell Sorrells for OK County Sheriff!

November 1, 2012
Today, as Oklahoma’s Open Carry Law goes into effect and citizens across the state are exercising their right to open carry, the Sorrels for Sheriff Campaign is honored to announce that Darrell Sorrels has received the endorsement of Mr. Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America. For over 30 years, Mr. Pratt has been Executive Director of GOA, a national membership
organization of 300,000 Americans that continually work to preserve their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
As Sheriff, Darrell Sorrels will be committed not only to keeping the citizens of Oklahoma County safe, but to protecting their freedoms as well. Again, we are truly honored to have the confidence and support of Mr. Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America.

Dear Mr. Sorrels,
Gun Owners of America is pleased to endorse you for Sheriff of Oklahoma County. Your record of service in law enforcement, along with your staunch
commitment to uphold the Constitution, make you the best candidate for this office.
Larry Pratt
Executive Director
Gun Owners of America

Read, Share or Download the GOA Endorsement Letter


OK2A: A Banner Day for the Second Amendment

Kaye Beach

April, 26, 2011

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, …”

 OK2A says;

Today (April 26) has been a banner day for OK2A and all Oklahoma gun owners.  Several major 2A bills passed the House today, among them open carry.

In summary;

SB1733 licensed open carry and private property open carry

SB1760 which will  “prohibit the government (state or local) from confiscating weapons or prohibiting the otherwise legal possession, use, carry, sale, etc of firearms, ammunition, or accessories and it allows for civil recourse if the government violates the law.”

and SB1785 which grants reciprocity to visitors from non-permitting states.

A big Thank you to OK2A!!!

Go to OK2A for the full accounting of these bills.


OK2A: 3 Important Bills To Be Heard Tomorrow-Calls Needed!

Kaye Beach

Feb 22, 2012

From the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association;

UPDATE: Open Carry to be Heard in Senate Committee

We met with Senator Barrington, Chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.  Senator Barrington said he was planning to allow three important bills to be heard on Thursday, February 23rd at 9:30 am.  They are:

SB1733 – Sen. Sykes open carry bill (by license).
SB1760 – Sen. Sykes bill to specifically prohibit state or local government from confiscating weapons during times of a declared emergency.
SB1785 – Sen. Russell’s bill allowing for reciprocity for non-permitting states.

Please call the Senate Public Safety Committee members tonight (you can leave a message on their voice mail) or early tomorrow to urge them to support these measures. (more updates from OK2A here)

Don Barrington 405-521-5563 barrington@oksenate.gov
Ralph Shortey 405-521-5557 shortey@oksenate.gov
Roger Ballenger 405-521-5588 ballenger@oksenate.gov
Kim David 405-521-5590 david@oksenate.gov
Earl Garrison 405-521-5533 garrisone@oksenate.gov
Constance Johnson 405-521-5531 johnsonc@oksenate.gov
Ron Justice 405-521-5537 justice@oksenate.gov
Steve Russell 405-521-5618 russell@oksenate.gov
Anthony Sykes 405-521-5569 lewis@oksenate.gov

Misfire! Oklahoma House Open Carry Bill

Kaye Beach

March 17,2011

Although the House passed the Open Carry bill, HB 1647 late last evening (10:30 pm), something did indeed go awry.

NewsOK Reports:

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.

Read more from NewsOK

If you would like to watch the proceedings for yourself go to


Choose “House Session – Legislative Day 22 Evening Session” and fast forward to about 2:47


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.
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Update on Discharge Petition and HB 1647 Oklahoma Open Carry Bill

Kaye Beach

March 17, 2011

OK2A, along with almost 20 other conservative grassroots groups, began circulating a discharge petition for HB 1647, an open carry bill, at the  Oklahoma State Capitol the last week of Feb.  House rules allow for discharge petitions as a means to get a bill brought out of a committee for a vote on the floor if 68 Representatives sign.

The activists persevered and managed to get the 68 signatures needed.   Rep John Bennett presented their petition to the House earlier this week.

HB1647 was actually heard and passed by the House late  on.Wednesday.

Unfortunately the bill was altered by amendment offered by Rep. Emily Virgin (D-Norman) The amendment reportedly limits open carry to those with a protective order.

I am curious to  find out Rep. Virgin’s reasoning on this amendment.


If you would like to hear her explain itself go to


Choose “House Session – Legislative Day 22 Evening Session” and fast forward to about 3:47

Oklahoma Senate OKs Bill Allowing Open Carry Of Guns

March 15m 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY — Anyone 18 or older could openly carry a firearm in Oklahoma without a gun license under a bill overwhelmingly approved in the state Senate.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 36-8 on Tuesday for the bill by Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, over the objections of several members who argued the bill had too few restrictions.

“Slowly over time people have come to view the right to bear arms a privilege. It was so important to the founders, it was number two out of 22 of the proposed amendments,” Russell said.

Russell said his bill doesn’t require a permit or gun safety class because such provisions cost hundreds of dollars and discriminates against those who can’t afford them.

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Tonight on A4L Live! Breitbart Backstory and Boots on the Ground Report from Oklahoma Pro-Second Amendment Activists

Tonight on AxXiom for Liberty 6-8pm CST with Kaye Beach axxiomand Howard Houchen we will get some news we can use! 

Listening Info

Meredith Dake reports about the lawsuit aimed at Andrew Breitbart and Larry O’Connor the head of Breitbart.tv.  Papers were served these gentlemen at CPAC Meridith Dake was there and she will give us the rest of the story.

Meredith writes:

Meredith writes-I am a contributor at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism and Big Hollywood and know Andrew personally. I have a close association with the other defendant in this lawsuit, Larry O’Connor. I am the producer/co-host for his nightly internet radio show.

This email (or post) and all the information it contains have been obtained organically through my own investigation and research across the internet, including the “Bigs” sites. I am the original and only author of this email (or post). No one, including Andrew, Larry, or anyone associated with Breitbart.com contributed or has knowledge that I’m even writing this. This is all my own doing. Why? Because when I saw this bully tactic in the form of a lawsuit I became incensed. This story infuriates me and I’m going to do my very best to respond.

See Meredith’s Blog for this and more “Pointed Observations from the Right” at www.meredithdake.com

New Media Entrepreneur declares that his voice will not be suppressed.

Andrew Breitbart and the head of Breitbart.tv sued by Pigford claimant.

Los Angeles, CA, February 12, 2011 – Breitbart.com LLC announced today that its Chairman and CEO Andrew Breitbart and the head of Breitbart.tv, Larry O’Connor, have been sued in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by a central figure in the Pigford “back-door” reparations case. The Pigford case involves over $2.5 billion in US taxpayer money and constitutes one of the biggest cases of corruption
and politically-motivated fraud in the history of the United States. Mr. Breitbart and Breitbart.tv have been investigating and reporting on the Pigford case since late summer 2010.


States Consider Allowing Guns on Campus

Published February 23, 2011

Gun control is a hot-button issue across the country, and college campuses are now at the center of this growing debate.

Students and professors at Texas public universities may soon be able to carry guns on campus, according to a recent measure in the state’s House of Representatives. More than half of its members have signed on as co-authors of the measure, and the Senate passed a similar bill in 2009.

Eight other states including Arizona, Tennessee, Michigan, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Florida, Nebraska and Mississippi have pending “campus carry” legislation underway as well, according to David Burnett, director of public relations for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

Adrienne O’Reilly, the Oklahoma Director of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus joins us tonight and explains why she is advocating for four bills filed in the Oklahoma state legislature that will allow concealed carry by licensed individuals on college campuses.  Adrienne says that these bills are in danger of dying without ever being heard.  We will get an update on these bills from Adrienne and find out what we can do to help bring concealed carry to Oklahoma college campuses.

A list of common objections to concealed carry on campus and the answers to the objections can be found here


Find Oklahoma Students for Concealed Carry on Facebook

OK2A –Oklahoma Second Amendment Association

Then Tim Gillespie, Director of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association will be updating us on the progress of Oklahoma’s open carry bills and other pro-Second Amendment bill in general.

Oklahoma 2011 Second Amendment Bills

HB1463 – College Carry allowed
HB1547 – Removes Sherriff’s fees for fingerprints and passport photos
HB1553 – Removes gov’t buildings, gov’t meetings, professional sporting events, pari-mutuel wagering from prohibited places.
HB1652 – Removes Technology Center as prohibited place
HB1913 – Changes Misdemeanor drug conviction from permanent to temporary preclusion for handgun license (10 year)
HB1400 – Open carry without license

On  Feb 22, 2011 Ok2A writes:

On Monday, OK2A, along with almost 20 other conservative grassroots groups, began circulating a discharge petition at the Capitol.  House rules allow for discharge petitions as a means to get a bill brought out of a committee for a vote on the floor if 68 Representatives sign.

We will find out about more about this grassroots effort  to advance the bill to committee in order to get a fair hearing.

Visit http://www.ok2a.org

Join us!  Listen to AxXiom For Liberty Live 6-8pm CST on Rule of Law Radio Network

Call In Number 512-646-1984

Oklahoma Committee Dictators Tibbs, Barrington Deny Hearing for Open Carry Bills

Kaye Beach

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 ArmesJohn Enns, Mike Jackson, Charlie JoynerJason 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….

From OK2A

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.

Sue Tibbs

Room 303-A
(405) 557-7379
Legislative Assistant:Vickie Thomas

(405) 521-2711 Ext. 127

District Address:
10902 E. 28th Street

Tulsa, OK 74129-7603
(918) 663-3915

Capitol Address
District Address
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 krissteele@okhouse.gov

Representative Tibbs:  (405) 557-7379 or suetibbs@okhouse.gov

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 birngman@oksenate.gov

Senator Barrington:  (405) 521-5563 or barrington@oksenate.gov

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.

Utah Campus Cops Out Sneaky Gun Grabbers, Get Put on Leave

Jan 12, 2011

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

First published Jan 04 2011
Updated Jan 5, 2011

A pair of University of Utah public safety officers are on paid administrative leave after internal guidelines that would ban the open carrying of firearms were made public.

Gun rights activists say such a policy violates state law, and legislators are getting involved in the dispute.

Zachary Wellman, a security guard at University Hospital, said he and another campus police officer were put on leave last week after Wellman shared the guidelines with a friend, who took the U. protocols to gun advocacy groups and state lawmakers.

Wellman said he did it because he believed U. lawyers were going around the Legislature to rewrite the law.

“They’re saying we don’t want [visible guns] on campus, but state law is they have to accept it because they’re a state university,” Wellman told The Salt Lake Tribune. “It is a huge issue because they’re circumventing the Utah law and the university president is now making the law, which they have no power to do.”

In a memo sent to U. Police Chief Scott Folsom last April, President Michael Young wrote that “having weapons in plain sight on this campus creates a fearful and intimidating campus environment.”

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Tonight Tim Gillespie of OK2A and RJ Harris 4th District Candidate for Congress