Measure to allow Oklahoma attorney general to carry firearms advances

The bill would allow the attorney general or any assistant attorney general to carry a firearm anywhere in the state except when off duty.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: May 19, 2012
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The state attorney general and his assistant attorneys would be allowed to carry a firearm in most places in the state, under a bill approved Friday by a House committee.

House Bill 2522 would allow the attorney general or any assistant attorney general to carry a firearm anywhere in the state except while off-duty and in businesses or on private property where firearms are prohibited. The attorney general and his assistants would first be required to complete an approved firearms training course.

The attorney general's office is the only prosecuting agency in the state not authorized to carry weapons.

“They impose themselves on very dangerous people, trying to put them in jail,” said Rep. Steve Martin, R-Bartlesville, the author of the measure.

Some have received death threats, he said.

A House conference committee voted to advance HB 2522. It now goes to the full House.

The measure is similar to Senate Bill 1541, by Rep. Marian Cooksey, R-Edmond; she withdrew her bill when she was unable to kill an amendment last month that would have allowed legislators to carry a handgun anywhere in the state after completing an approved firearms training course.

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