On 19 May, 2017, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law another firearm reform law. SB 397 removes another bit of egregious discrimination against poor people exercising their Second Amendment rights.
In Oklahoma, it’s illegal to bear arms on mass transit buses. Banning people from carrying arms on buses effectively chills Second Amendment rights for people in urban centers who use public transportation.
The bill righting that wrong passed the Senate 43 to 1 and the House 79-9. The ten votes in opposition were all cast by Democrats.
The legislature took care to make it a separate crime to discharge a firearm in a bus, terminal, or other transportation facility, unless it was done in a deadly force defense. From Legiscan.com:
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm into or within any bus, terminal or other transportation facility, unless such action is determined to have been in defensive force resulting from reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another.
The law goes into effect on November 1. While the new law refers to “deadly or dangerous weapons” separately from firearms, it seems that penalties only result if the weapons are used in an attempt to take over the bus. Oklahoma passed a knife preemption bill in 2015, and removed knives from the illegal weapons list in 2016.
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