Firearm possession law passes

OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill that protects the right of law-abiding citizens to “keep and bear arms” even during times of emergencies is now law in Oklahoma .

The new law removes the power of a governor to prohibit during emergencies the possession of guns by law-abiding citizens. Rep.Trebor Worthen, R-Oklahoma City , was the measure's House author.

The bill was sparked by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In that state of emergency, local authorities tried to confiscate firearms from citizens.


An Oklahoma law passed in the turbulent 1960s – “The Oklahoma Riot Control and Prevention Act” – gave the governor the authority to “prohibit the possession of firearms” by anyone other than law enforcement anywhere other than in a person's home or business.

After passing the House of Representatives 94-1 and the Senate 46-0, Governor Henry signed the bill on April 20. The bill became law immediately upon the governor's signature.

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