Oklahoma: last session legislature expanded who can carry guns into courthouses, now bills filed to expand to even more people; judges could be allowed to carry guns in court without a per

The latest efforts to expand carrying of guns into Oklahoma courthouses has been filed for the 2018 session.

As a general precept of law, guns and other weapons are not allowed in state courthouses (21 Okl. St. § 1272(A)(4)) In addition, having a concealed handgun permit doesn’t allow for courthouse carry, either (21 Okl. St. § 1277(A)).

However, there have been numerous exceptions added to law in recent years.

In 2007 judges were allowed to bring guns into courthouses so long as they had a handgun license and notified the Administrative Director of the Courts. (SB 145 of 2007)

In 2017 elected county officials were permitted to carry a concealed handgun “when acting in the course and scope of employment within the courthouses of this state” (discussed here). An amendment was added to the original bill to keep guns out of courtrooms. (HB 1145 of 2017)

Now there are plans to expand courthouse carry to all county employees and to remove the requirement that judges must have a handgun license to carry

HB 2527 as filed would provide county employees, not just elected officials as in the 2017 law, with the ability to carry concealed weapons “when acting in the course and scope of employment within the courthouses of the county in which he or she is employed.”

SB 1307 would simply amended the 2017 to add “or employees” in the existing law (e.g. “Elected officials OR EMPLOYEES of a county…”)

SB 1227 would remove the requirement that District Court judges must have a handgun license in order to carry a gun into a courthouse.

 

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