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
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.
Under HB 2522, the attorney general and his assistants would not have to get a concealed carry permit.
Other laws allow U.S. attorneys and district attorneys and their assistants as well as judges to carry handguns anywhere in the state. Martin said he wanted to place the same restrictions on the attorney general and his assistants that are placed on Oklahomans with concealed carry
The governor earlier this week signed into law a measure that allows Oklahomans who are licensed to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act a choice: to openly carry a weapon or conceal it.
The measure takes effect Nov. 1.