Oklahoma’s Open Carry bill author looking to strengthen mental health background checks for gun purchasers

Rep. Steve Martin, R-Bartlesville, said Oklahoma could do a better job of sharing its mental health records with the federal database used in background checks.

BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Published: December 16, 2012
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The Oklahoma lawmaker who wrote the first draft of the open carry bill that was signed into law this year said he does not believe the state’s gun culture makes it more or less susceptible to gun violence like that which occurred Friday in Connecticut.

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