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Published on NewsOK Modified: February 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm •  Published: February 20, 2013

The lockers may be kept in a nearby building, but must be stored close enough to allow the owner to quickly retrieve the weapon. If a locker is not provided, a weapons ban cannot be enforced.

Kavanagh said many governments don't provide storage lockers, which inconveniences gun owners, who must find a location to store their weapon while at the public place. It also encourages non-compliance because gun owners unable to find a storage box often decide to enter the building with the weapon regardless of the gun ban, he said.

Kavanagh said he had a message for governments that don't want to pay for storage boxes or a weapons monitor: "Just don't ban the guns."

Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego said it would be unfair to pass on an unfunded mandate to governments that don't want guns in public buildings.

"I'm sorry there are some people who live in a state of paranoia where they have to have their weapon with them at all times," he said.

Proponents called it a reasonable measure.

"They are all paranoid because there are crazy, evil people out there," Republican Rep. Sonny Borrelli said.

The committee also advanced in a 7-0 vote a measure that would require training for police officers and cadets on how to handle seriously mentally ill or violent suspects.


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