Oklahoma: House approves 85-11 plan to expand who can carry guns into courthouses

A bill discussed here to allow Oklahoma elected officials to carry firearms into the courthouses of the county they serve in cleared the House yesterday.

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).

HB 1104 now goes to the Senate.