Oklahoma: Senate Bill Seeks To Outlaw Gun Shows

From Ok2 A Action:  http://ok2a-action.org/action-news/senate-bill-seeks-to-outlaw-gun-shows

Tim Gillespie
Saturday, January 23, 2016

OK2A-Action has uncovered an attempt by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce to effectively outlaw gun shows at public venues statewide through one of the many bills filed for the upcoming Legislature.  Considering that last year the Chamber of Commerce lobbied heavily against SB41 – an OK2A requested bill that would have closed a loophole some cities were using to restrict the lawful carry of a firearms at city festivals – the Chamber apparently is quite comfortable in the company of other anti-gunners like President Obama, Michael Bloomberg, David Boren, and the Brady Campaign.

Senate Bill 1347 was filed at the OKC Chamber’s request and would bring to an end gun shows at publicly owned venues, such as the fairgrounds in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and countless other cities and counties across the state. They presented this legislative proposal to Senator Bingman as though it had the blessing of the NRA.  It does not.

Current state law states that you cannot have a firearm in a public building in which the government is doing business with the public.  The Chamber is proposing that the phrase “doing business with the public” be removed which means you could not have any firearm in any government building – for any reason at any time – which essentially outlaws gun shows at publicly owned venues.  You could still have the gun show, but you couldn’t bring any guns.  It seems the Chamber of Commerce is not interested in commerce if it is associated with the Second Amendment even though gun shows make a substantial impact on the economy.

They also propose changing the business owners’ rights to include making it a misdemeanor crime to carry a firearm into an establishment with a no-gun policy.  It is currently a violation with a $250 fine.  Some businesses barely mark their facility – either the signs are very small or they are not posted anywhere near the doors.  It is not right to criminalize a person because they don’t see the sign.  The current policy has worked well.  No one has been cited for refusing to leave if a business has asked them to.

Continue reading at:  http://ok2a-action.org/action-news/senate-bill-seeks-to-outlaw-gun-shows

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