Oklahoma Capitol briefs for March 8

Oklahoma Capitol briefs for March 8
Published: March 8, 2013
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Lawmaker recruits gun company from Colorado

Rep. Mike Ritze said Thursday he has sent a letter to the president of a Colorado-based manufacturer of magazines and other gun accessories urging the company to relocate to Oklahoma. Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, said the president of the company, MagPul, has warned Colorado lawmakers that he would leave the state if they enact stricter gun control measures.

The Oklahoma House is expected to consider House Bill 2021 next week, which would exempt guns or ammunition made in the state from federal regulations. The bill provides for the manufacture or assembly of firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition in the state. The items cannot be sold or taken outside the state and as long as the items remain in Oklahoma, they would not be subject to federal law or federal regulations.

A firearm manufactured or assembled under guidelines of the bill must have the words “Made in Oklahoma” on it, Roberts said. It prohibits fully automatic weapons or any weapon designed to fire rocket-propelled grenades or any explosive projectile.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU