For Immediate Release: May 10, 2012
Sen. Anthony Sykes
Senate advances measures to bolster Second Amendment rights of
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.”