Proposed bill would allow handguns at public colleges

Proposed bill would allow handguns at public colleges

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) –The second session of the 55th Oklahoma Legislature started Monday, and one proposed bill would allow authorized handgun licensees to carry on public college and technology center campuses.

House Bill 2266, authored by Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, amends a previous bill that outlined where concealed and openly carried handguns would be allowed. The bill slightly changes the previous law by allowing licensed handgun owners to have their gun at public colleges, universities and technology centers.

"I believe that law-abiding citizens with valid handgun licenses ought to be free to exercise their 2nd Amendment right in the places where they live and work.  This legislation would help ensure the safety and freedom of the citizens of our state.  Colleges and universities currently can allow gun permit holders to carry on campus.  This legislation releases the colleges and universities from liability," said Faught in an e-mail.

The bill also prevents college and university presidents, or technology center administrators, from denying the right to carry a handgun. The bill goes on to make the schools "immune from liability for any injuries arising from any accident involving a firearm or an act of self-defense where a firearm was used," except for acts of gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

If passed, the bill would go into effect Nov. 1, 2016.

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