Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: December 21, 2015
Sen. Frank Simpson
Bill filed to allow National Guard to carry
concealed weapons on military grounds
Sen. Frank Simpson
recently filed legislation to better protect Oklahoma veterans while
on duty. Senate Bill 913 clarifies that Oklahoma Army or Air National
Guard personnel with proper authorization may carry loaded or unloaded
concealed weapons on Oklahoma Military Department facilities while
performing a military function.
In July, a terrorist opened fire on military recruiting centers
as well as a Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve
Center. Four Marines were killed. A Navy sailor, a Marine recruiter,
and a police officer were wounded; the sailor died from his injuries
two days later. Violent attacks against our military are becoming
more common. Since 2009, there have been eight attacks on military
personnel. Currently, however, only certain military officers are
allowed to carry concealed weapons on military property in Oklahoma.
“It’s sad that our guard members, who are trained in
the use of weapons, are not allowed to carry them. With so many
recent shootings, including the one in July in Chattanooga where
four Marines and a sailor were killed by an Islamic terrorist, it’s
important that all authorized military personnel be armed and able
to protect themselves and others in emergency situations,”
said Simpson, R-Springer.
The Adjutant General of the Oklahoma National Guard will establish
guidelines for the implementation of the legislation.
Gov. Fallin issued an executive order in July allowing authorized
military personnel to carry concealed weapons. SB 913 will make
that executive order permanent in state statute.
The bill will be up for consideration when the 2nd Session of the
55th Legislature convenes session in February.
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