Oklahoma: plan to expand who can carry concealed handguns into courthouses passes committee, bill similar to one enacted in Arkansas in 2015

A bill to allow Oklahoma elected officials to carry firearms into the courthouses of the county they serve in cleared the House Public Safety Committee last week.

HB 1104 as amended provides an elected official with a handgun license may carry a concealed handgun when acting in the performance of their duties within the courthouses of the county in which he or she was elected.

A committee amendment was added to make clear that this did not permit courtroom carry (“The provisions of this paragraph shall not allow the elected county official to carry the handgun into a courtroom.”)

The Oklahoma bill is similar to one enacted in Arkansas in 2015 (SB 159 discussed here and here) although the Arkansas version was broader, allowing not only county elected officials but county employees to courthouse-carry as well. The Arkansas law appears not to have impacted the existing statutes that banned courtroom carry.

HB 1104 is now on the House floor.

 

2 thoughts on “Oklahoma: plan to expand who can carry concealed handguns into courthouses passes committee, bill similar to one enacted in Arkansas in 2015”

Comments are closed.