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Oklahoma Capitol briefs for Feb. 27

Oklahoma Capitol briefs for Feb. 27
Published: February 27, 2013
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Panel passes arms bill

The House States' Rights Committee passed a measure that would let voters decide whether to clarify the state constitution on the right of Oklahomans to possess weapons. House Joint Resolution 1026 would let voters decide whether to change Article 2, Section 26 of the Oklahoma Constitution to declare it is a fundamental right of each individual citizen to keep and to bear handguns, rifles, shotguns, knives and other common arms and ammunition. The measure's author, Rep. Dan Fisher, R-Yukon, said the proposal makes it clear what types of weapons may be owned. HJR 1026 passed 10-2 and now goes to the House Calendar Committee, which will determine whether it advances to the full House.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU