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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

For Immediate Release: May 10, 2012

Sen. Anthony Sykes
Sen. Anthony Sykes

Senate advances measures to bolster Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans

The full Senate this week advanced two measures to strengthen the Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans. The proposals now await the Governor’s signature.

Senate Bill 1733, by State Sen. Anthony Sykes and State Rep. Jeff Hickman, would allow citizens licensed to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act to carry their weapon openly or concealed. SB 1733 passed the Senate today. Approved by the Senate on Wednesday, Senate Bill 1760, by Sen. Sykes and Speaker Designate State Rep. T.W. Shannon, would prevent cities or state government from disarming citizens during a state of emergency.

“The Legislature has made it clear that Oklahomans will have the right to defend themselves,” said Sykes, R-Moore. “The right to self-defense is God given and inalienable, and we intend to do everything in our power to defend it. This legislation further guarantees this right will not be taken from Oklahomans who choose to protect themselves and their families.”

Another important Second Amendment measure, Senate Bill 875, has now been signed by the Governor. Authored by Sen. Sykes and State Rep. Dennis Johnson, the bill limits the liability of owners, employees and customers from injuries that occur at gun ranges, gun shops and gun clubs.

“A strong majority of Oklahomans support the 2nd Amendment and believe law-abiding citizens should be able to protect themselves,” Sykes said. “I’m grateful for the support of my colleagues in defending the rights we were elected to uphold.”

For more information, contact:
Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569

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