OKLAHOMA CITY – The fight over gun rights picks up in Oklahoma.
State lawmakers have filed dozens of bills to expand gun rights in the state.
Lawmakers may soon expand where people can legally carry firearms all in response to possible new federal regulations.
“My email box is filled with people scared and frightened,” Rep. Jason Murphey (R) Guthrie said. “They want us to defend their Second Amendment rights.”
Murphey authored one bill exempting Oklahoma gun makers from federal laws.
“The concept is because guns are made and purchased in Oklahoma, the federal government has no authority to regulate those purchases,” Murphey said.
Another bill, authored by Representative Mark McCullough would allow CLEET-certified teachers to carry firearms at school events.
State Sen. Ralph Shortey would go even further, allowing any school employee with a firearms permit to bring their guns to school.
Nathan Dahm has filed one bill letting anyone over age 21 carry a gun in their vehicle even without a permit.
Another of Dahm’s bills declares the federal government has no right to regulate firearms in Oklahoma
“It will make for a healthy discussion but I don’t see that many making it to the governor’s desk,” Rep. Joe Dorman (D) Rush Springs said.
Dorman doubts most of the proposed bills have much chance of passing through the statehouse and becoming law.
“I seriously doubt any major changes will be made on gun laws in Oklahoma,” Dorman said. “I think we’ll realize the laws in Oklahoma are good.”
A bill exempting Oklahoma gun makers from the interstate commerce clause did pass the statehouse in 2010 before being vetoed by former Gov. Henry.
The legislature begins this years session next month.