Oklahoma bill would explicitly ban handguns specifically in courthouses, expand carry in other gov’t buildings

Recently efforts have been made to allow people to carry firearms into courthouses generally (Wyoming), or provide that carrying in a courthouse is permitted unless the court provides a security checkpoint at the doors (Kansas). Oklahoma SB 1264 somewhat splits this difference in a unique way.

Current Oklahoma law (21 O.S. § 1277(A)) does provide that it is unlawful for any person in possession of a valid handgun license to carry any concealed or unconcealed handgun into any of the following places

1. Any structure, building, or office space which is owned or leased by a city, town, county, state, or federal governmental authority for the purpose of conducting business with the public or persons alleged delinquent or adjudicated delinquent;

2. Any prison, jail, detention facility or any facility used to process, hold, or house arrested persons, prisoners or persons alleged delinquent or adjudicated delinquent…

SB 1264 would put courthouses explicitly in the exceptions listed in 1277(A)(2) while expanding carrying in other state and local government buildings.

1. Any structure, building, or office space that has a security checkpoint for the detection of weapons by certified personnel and which is owned or leased by a city, town, county, state, or federal governmental authority for the purpose of conducting business with the public or persons alleged delinquent or adjudicated delinquent;

2. Any courthouse, prison, jail, detention facility or any facility used to process, hold, or house arrested persons, prisoners or persons alleged delinquent or adjudicated delinquent…

SB 1264 has been prefiled for the 2014 session.