OFFICE OF SENATOR JAY PAUL
Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Johnston & Marshall Counties
For Immediate Release: March 9, 2010
Sen. Jay Paul Gumm
Senate Unanimously Approves Gumm’s Bill
Enlarging Zone of Safety to Protect Children
The full Senate voted unanimously
Wednesday for a bill by Senator Jay
Paul Gumm to increase the “zone of safety” around
schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds and parks.
Under current law, sex offenders are prohibited from loitering
within 300 feet of those places where children congregate. Gumm’s
bill – Senate Bill 2064 – would extend the zone of safety
to being within 500 feet of the locations. Further, the bill would
put new restrictions on sex offenders who enter the zone to pick
up or drop off their own children.
Gumm, a Democrat from Durant, says the bill is aimed at keeping
convicted sex offenders farther away from children and teens.
“This is aimed at convicted sex offenders who may attempt
to loiter near these places,” said the senator. “Make
no mistake: we are talking about predators seeking prey –
that is why I want to increase that zone of safety to better protect
Gumm said that those offenders who have legitimate business in
the area only could be within that zone of safety for a “reasonable”
amount of time and would have to inform the school or childcare
facility of their status as a sex offender prior to entering the
area. Further, the offender would have to inform the facility of
the specific time he or she will be in the zone.
“When it comes to protecting Oklahoma’s children from
those who would prey on them, we need to utilize every method available
to us,” Gumm said. “As a father, I can tell you I would
rather have a sex offender 500 feet away from my child than 300
The senator has repeatedly passed and supported efforts to better
protect Oklahoma’s children from predators. In 2006, Gumm
wrote a bill to impose the death penalty on repeat child molesters.
That bill passed the Legislature and was signed into law by Gov.
SB 2064 legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for
For more information contact:
Sen. Gumm: 405-521-5586