Senator Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant
State Capitol Room 535A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 16, 2009
Sen. Jay Paul Gumm
Gumm Continues Effort to Close Sex Offender Loophole
Paul Gumm on Thursday successfully amended House Bill 1025
to include language closing a loophole that would allow sex offenders
to use ice cream trucks to come into contact with children. Gumm
previously authored Senate Bill 1147 to criminalize the operation
of an ice cream truck by a sex offender, but the legislation has
stalled in the House of Representatives.
The proposal would require vendors to obtain and
display an operating permit through the State Department of Health.
Gumm said he would use every legislative tool at his disposal
to ensure the Legislature takes action on the issue.
“The fact that convicted sex offenders can
use ice cream trucks to come into close contact with children
represents a significant flaw in our sex offender laws,”
said Gumm, D-Durant. “I’m disappointed that the House
has yet to act on this issue, particularly after we’ve seen
this same loophole become a major problem in other states. We
should not wait until a tragedy occurs.”
Gumm said the measure was drafted in response to
a number of high profile cases throughout the country. Similar
legislation has been approved by state legislatures in Tennessee
The bill would establish a penalty of up to two
and a half years in prison for sex offenders who engage in ice
cream truck vending. Additionally, the measure would establish
a $500 fine for operating an ice cream truck without displaying
the appropriate vending permit.
“We need to consider every potential safeguard
to protect our children from sexual predators,” Gumm said.
“With vendors having such easy access to children, we can’t
be too careful. I’ll continue fighting to ensure that precautions
are in place.”
The measure will now return to the House for final
For more information contact:
Sen. Gumm's Office: 405-521-5586