Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 13, 2012
Sen. Anthony Sykes
Bill to prevent government from disarming citizens during emergencies
The full Senate has given approval to legislation preventing cities
or state government from disarming citizens during a state of emergency.
State Sen. Anthony
Sykes is the principal author of Senate Bill 1760. Sykes said
the bill would prevent what happened in New Orleans just a few years
“After Hurricane Katrina, the City of New Orleans actually
began taking guns away from citizens. Instead of focusing on helping
citizens who were completely vulnerable and in dire need of assistance,
they were disarming people,” said Sykes, R-Moore. “The
civil defense procedures and police department were clearly not
functioning as they should have. Storm victims were becoming crime
victims--they needed to be able to protect themselves.”
Should the governor declare an emergency, SB 1760 would prevent
the state or any municipality from prohibiting or suspending the
sale, ownership, possession, transportation, carrying, transfer
and storage of firearms, ammunition and ammunition accessories that
are legal under state law.
Sykes said the legislation was requested by the National Rifle Association.
“As a lifetime member of the NRA, I was very pleased to make
sure this important issue was addressed in our statutes,”
Sykes said. “If Oklahoma ever faces an event as catastrophic
as Katrina, it would be more important than ever for our citizens
to be able to protect themselves.”
SB 1760 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569