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6:49 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Packing Heat at the State Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The House floor will soon debate and vote on legislation that its author argues will allow Oklahomans to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

A House committee on Tuesday gave the green light for a bill that would allow people to carry guns into the State Capitol if they have a permit to have a concealed weapon.

The measure was advanced by the House Judiciary Committee on a 9-6 vote.

The legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. David Derby of Owasso would allow anyone with a valid handgun license issued through the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act, or a valid handgun license issued by another state, to bring the weapon into the Capitol building through security checkpoints. Currently, firearms are banned from the Capitol except for those worn by law enforcement officers.