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  • Man is shot and killed during apparent burglary in Oklahoma City

    03/01/2012 3:16:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 1+ views
    newsok.com ^ | 29 February, 2012 | Staff
    A man is dead after being shot by an Oklahoma City homeowner during an apparent burglary Wednesday night, police said. About 10:15 p.m., a woman called 911 and said she had shot a man trying to break into her home in the 600 block of SW 51, Oklahoma City police Lt. Jason Samuel said. The man died at the scene, Samuel said. His name was not released. The homeowner told officers she did not know the man, Samuel said.
  • Oklahoma lawmakers draw up gun bills

    02/21/2012 5:04:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    edmondsun.com ^ | 21 February, 2012 | Mark Schlachtenhaufen
    EDMOND — Dozens of firearm-related bills filed by Oklahoma lawmakers seek to, among other things, expand the state’s open carry laws, expand where guns may be legally kept and expand the scope of the self-defense law. On Feb. 14 the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 2988 by Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. The bill gives legal authority to use deadly force against dangerous individuals at a place of worship. Ritze said the bill was inspired by several recent cases in which violence or threats involved places of worship in the state. In November, Edmond’s Fairview Baptist Church and pastor...
  • Hero Teen Mom’s Open Letter to Nebraskans – Pass Victim Protect Act(OK)

    02/16/2012 5:11:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 February, 2012 | NFOA
    OMAHA, NE --(Ammoland.com)- Sarah McKinley, an 18-year-old Oklahoma mother who was forced to shoot an armed intruder in her home last New Year’s Eve, has released an open letter to Nebraska residents that supports the efforts of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association (NFOA) and other citizen groups in trying to pass a Victim Protection Act in Nebraska. A copy of her letter is attached or can be found at ProtectVictimsNOW.org. On the evening of January 31, 2011, Mrs. McKinley and her infant son were home alone, as her husband had passed away just a week before after a painful fight...
  • Pope Appoints Oklahoma City Vicar General Bishop Of Salina

    02/06/2012 2:07:05 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 1+ views
    USCCB ^ | February 6, 2012
    WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Edward Weisenburger, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, bishop of Salina, Kansas. Bishop-elect Weisenburger, 51, succeeds Archbishop Paul Stagg Coakley, who was appointed archbishop of Oklahoma City on December 16, 2010. The appointment was publicized in Washington, February 6, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Edward John Weisenburger was born December 23, 1960, in Alton, Illinois and attended Edison Institute and Eisenhower High School in Lawton, Oklahoma. He graduated from Conception Seminary College in Missouri, American College Leuven in Belgium, and St. Paul University Seminar in Ottawa, Canada,...
  • Concealed-carry class on OSU campus lacks only guns(OK)

    01/28/2012 6:47:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 28 January, 2012 | SARA PLUMMER
    STILLWATER - It looked like a regular class. Students took notes while the instructor talked about the points listed on a screen behind him. But this Friday evening session on the Oklahoma State University campus didn't count toward a college degree. This class was for a license to carry a concealed firearm. Forty-two people - students, faculty members and Stillwater residents - registered for the session, a first for the university. The group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus hosted the class, with certified instructors from the Stillwater Armory, a gun store, range and training center, leading the course. Weapons...
  • Burglar shot and killed in Midwest City(OK)

    01/27/2012 10:38:29 AM PST · by marktwain
    newsok.com ^ | 26 January, 2012 | NA
    A man inside his home said he fatally shot an intruder who had a gun Thursday morning.
  • Gun sales on the rise among women(OK)

    01/23/2012 6:10:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    kjrh.com ^ | 23 January, 2012 | NA
    TULSA - Gun sales among women are on the rise. The number of criminal background checks for gun purchases hit an all-time high in December, according to the FBI. Experts said there are many reasons why Americans, especially women, are choosing to arm themselves. For some it's a new hobby. Others are concerned about gun rights this election year. Some just no longer feel safe in their neighborhoods. Here in Oklahoma, interest in guns has also spiked, especially among women. Enrollment in the "women's only" conceal-carry class at the Red Castle Gun Club is up 400 percent. "That's remarkable and...
  • Guns, smoking, texting among hot issues revived for another look by Oklahoma legislature

    01/16/2012 7:37:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 16 January, 2012 | BARBARA HOBEROCK
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Guns, smoking and texting while driving are among issues that lawmakers are expected to revisit when they return to the state Capitol on Feb. 6. Thursday is the deadline in both chambers for lawmakers to file bills for consideration in the upcoming session. Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, has filed Senate Bill 1092, which would allow those who meet certain requirements to openly carry a weapon. Russell also has a measure that would allow hunters to use suppressors to reduce the sound of their weapons. The measure has yet to be assigned a bill number, according to...
  • Okmulgee business owner shoots potential burglar(OK)

    01/12/2012 2:05:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    newsok.com ^ | 7 January, 2012 | BRYAN DEAN
    OKMULGEE — The owner of an auto salvage yard shot one of six people he believed to be burglarizing his business Saturday. Okmulgee County sheriff's deputies said the owner of A&A Auto Salvage, in the 21000 block of South 236 Road between Okmulgee and Schulter, interrupted six people he said were trying to break into his business about 2 p.m. Saturday. The business owner, whose name was not released, shot one person and the other five fled. The person who was shot was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Tulsa. That person's name and medical condition were not released....
  • EDITORIAL: Shariah in America’s courts

    01/11/2012 6:41:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 11, 2012 | Editorial
    Koranic law: Coming to a city near youA panel of federal judges has ruled that states cannot protect their courts from jurists who base their decisions on international or Koranic law. America needs better judges. On Tuesday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal district court order blocking implementation of an amendment to the Oklahoma constitution that sought to ban judges from using international or Muslim law as a basis for deciding cases. The amendment was approved in November 2010 by a 70 percent popular vote but has never been enforced. Plaintiff Muneer Awad, executive director of the...
  • Oklahoma mom kills home invader: Why the law was on her side

    01/06/2012 9:21:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | 5 January, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    Sarah McKinley, the Oklahoma mom who shot and killed an intruder after asking a 911 operator if it was okay to shoot, was cleared of wrongdoing Thursday. Also this week police declined to bring charges against a Pennsylvania man who killed a romantic rival with a bow and arrow. And in South Carolina, a woman who shot a homeless person squatting in an empty rental home was also not charged. As these cases show, the so-called “castle doctrine” is being tested in a variety of new ways, as states have steadily expanded the rights of citizens to protect their homes...
  • Palin: ‘I’m All in Favor of Girls with Guns’

    01/06/2012 7:00:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 5 January, 2012 | Brian Bolduc
    On New Year’s Eve, 18-year-old Sarah McKinley shot and killed 24-year-old Justin Martin, who was trying to break into her Oklahoma home. Before McKinley confronted the crook, she called 911 and asked the dispatcher, “Is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?” “I can’t tell you that you can do that, but you do what you have to do to protect your baby,” the dispatcher replied. When Martin kicked in the door, McKinley fired. Police later said the shooting was justified. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin agrees. In an email to NRO, Palin writes, “I love...
  • Alleged accomplice in Blanchard home invasion faces murder charge(OK)

    01/05/2012 7:11:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    newsok.com ^ | 4 January, 2012 | JULIANA KEEPING
    An Oklahoma man accused of being involved in a home invasion that ended with the shooting death of one of the intruders is to be charged Wednesday with murder, a Grady County prosecutor said. BLANCHARD — The two men who invaded Sarah McKinley's Blanchard mobile home had just taken prescription painkillers and might have been after more medication, according to an affidavit filed Wednesday in Grady County. Those and other details have come to light in the days since New Year's Eve, when McKinley, 18, shot and killed Justin Shane Martin, 24, of Blanchard, with a 12-gauge shotgun after he...
  • OK Mother, 18, Kills Intruder Breaking Into Her Home While on Phone With 911 (ABC !!!)

    01/04/2012 7:46:11 PM PST · by STARWISE · 36 replies
    FULL TITLE: Oklahoma Mother, 18, Kills Intruder Breaking Into Her Home While on Phone With 911 *** 911 operator told young mother she could not shoot until man entered her home. VIDEO
  • 'There's nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child'(OK followup)

    01/04/2012 6:59:19 PM PST · by marktwain · 39 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 4 January, 2012 | Beth Stebner
    On Christmas Day, 18-year-old Sarah McKinley lost her husband to lung cancer, leaving her the sole caregiver to their three-month-old son. On New Year’s Eve, the Oklahoma mother proved she was anything but defenceless after she shot and killed an intruder breaking into her home. Two men tried breaking into Ms McKinley’s house, one armed with a 12-inch hunting knife. While on the phone with 911, the young mother shot and killed one of the intruders with a 12-gauge shotgun after he passed the threshold. After her husband’s funeral the previous week, a man named Justin Martin stopped by Ms...
  • Blanchard woman shoots and kills intruder(OK)

    01/02/2012 7:11:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    kfor.com ^ | 1 January, 2012 | Sarah Stewart
    BLANCHARD, Okla. -- An 18 year old Blanchard woman says she was forced to shoot and kill a man who was breaking into her home Saturday afternoon. Sarah Dawn McKinley was home alone with her three month old son at the time. She says she heard a knock on her door and looked through the peephole to see two men, one of whom she'd met a couple times before. "I saw that it was the same man. He had been here Thursday night and I had a bad feeling then," said McKinley. McKinley says she moved her couch in front...
  • DEA Raids Car Dealership with Alleged Ties to Terrorist Group Hezbollah

    12/18/2011 7:59:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Drug Enforcement Administration agents have raided an Oklahoma car dealership that the government suspects may be one of about 30 such businesses in the U.S. involved in funding the terrorist group Hezbollah. DEA agents say the car lot of Ace Auto Leasing in Tulsa is part of a huge network that is selling cars and drugs -- and then using the money to support terrorism against the U.S., myfoxphoenix.com reports. During Friday's raid, agents could be seen carryout out filing cabinets and other items. They also questioned employees and took inventory. "They're making big time money and it's going right...
  • Man acquitted in fatal shooting of neighbor in BA(OK)

    12/07/2011 4:00:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 6 December, 2011 | BILL BRAUN
    A Tulsa County jury on Tuesday night acquitted a man of a murder charge in the fatal shooting of a neighbor in Broken Arrow. Jurors found Joshua James Vaughn, 34, not guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Tommy James Lovell on Feb. 10, 2009. District Judge William Kellough gave jurors the option of reaching a verdict on the lesser charge of first-degree manslaughter. The jury found Vaughn not guilty of that alternative also. First-degree murder in this case carried a possible sentence of life in prison, either with or without the possibility of parole. First-degree manslaughter has a...
  • Nasrallah Comes Out of Hiding, Asks to be Martyred

    12/06/2011 4:11:30 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/11 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Hizbullah leader Nasrallah, who stays in hiding so Israel won’t target him, made a rare public appearance Tuesday and asked to be martyred. He showed up in public for the first in more than three years, in the southern suburbs of Beirut Tuesday at a mourning ceremony on Ashura, when Shiite Muslims mark the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussein. He remained in a public for only a few minutes but long enough to preach for death in the name of Jihad. “It is the dream of every single one of us to join the...
  • Coates files bill to create Guest Worker Program

    12/05/2011 7:08:16 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    The State Column ^ | December 05, 2011 | The State Column
    In an effort to stimulate Oklahoma’s economy and allow the state to be more competitive with out-of-state companies, Sen. Harry Coates filed the Oklahoma Guest Worker Program Act Monday. Senate Bill 995, which is similar to Utah efforts, would allow illegal immigrants to legally work in the state providing a boost to sales and tax revenues. The bill will stop workers from continuing to flee to surrounding states such as Texas as well as attract hundreds of workers back to jobs that are chronically unfilled in the state. “Since the passage of House Bill 1804, we’ve seen a mass exodus...
  • Leave the guns to Pistol Pete(OK)

    11/28/2011 5:57:35 PM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    colly.com ^ | November, 2011 | Calvin Warner
    I do not believe that students should be allowed to carry loaded firearms with them to class. Allowing concealed weapons on campus aims to fix a problem that doesn't exist, and will most certainly create new problems if it were ever to be implemented. Beside the fact that allowing students to carry guns around is both unnecessary and limitlessly dangerous, it is also not constitutionally viable. Vigilantes are by nature unjust because they don't provide their victims with a fair and just trial, as is dictated by our nation's laws. You can expect nothing more than a "shoot first, ask...
  • Man injured at Wagoner County gun range(OK robbery)

    11/26/2011 4:46:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    kjrh.com ^ | 24 November, 2011 | NA
    WAGONER COUNTY, Okla. - Authorities are investigating a shooting and robbery of a man at a Wagoner County gun range. Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert said 73-year-old Kenneth Payne of Wagoner was shot multiple times and had at least four guns stolen around 8:30 a.m. while he was at the Fort Gibson Wildlife Management Area Shooting Range east of Wagoner on Toppers Road. Payne was left for dead, but was able to call a family member on his cell phone for help, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation who was asked to help in the investigation by the Wagoner...
  • Local resident captures midnight burglar(OK)

    11/25/2011 6:02:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    ardmoreite.com ^ | 24 November, 2011 | Marsha Miller
    Ardmore — An Ardmore man put a halt to a midnight burglar's plans to break into his home in a pre-Thanksgiving Day caper. Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt, Ardmore Police Department Public Information Officer, said 21-year-old Michael Newberry was apprehended by a Shenandoah Street resident shortly before midnight. "The home owner was awakened by the sound of someone breaking into his home," Hunnicutt said. Armed with a handgun, the homeowner confronted the burglar and fired one shot in his direction. Hunnicutt said Newberry was not injured by the shot, but the confrontation convinced him to surrender to the homeowner. "The homeowner held...
  • Rep. McCullough leading review of Oklahoma’s gun laws

    10/07/2011 9:38:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    tulsabeacon.com ^ | 6 October, 2011 | NA
    For the first time in at least a decade, state lawmakers met to review the status of Oklahoma’s gun laws in an effort to maximize citizens’ rights. “We are conducting a serious, thoughtful examination of Oklahoma’s gun laws,” said state Rep. Mark McCullough, a Sapulpa Republican who requested the study. “Our goal is to develop responsible proposals for expanding the right to carry firearms in self-defense.” During the study, members of the House Public Safety Committee heard testimony from Oklahoma City University law professor Michael O’Shea, a nationally recognized expert on the Second Amendment; Miles Hall, owner of H&H Gun...
  • House studies Oklahoma gun laws to increase citizen rights

    09/24/2011 6:09:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    bixbybulletin.com ^ | 23 September, 2011 | Staff
    OKLAHOMA CITY – For the first time in at least a decade, state lawmakers met to review the status of Oklahoma’s gun laws in an effort to maximize citizens’ rights. “We are conducting a serious, thoughtful examination of Oklahoma’s gun laws,” said state Rep. Mark McCullough, a Sapulpa Republican who requested the study. “Our goal is to develop responsible proposals for expanding the right to carry firearms in self-defense.” During the study, members of the House Public Safety Committee heard testimony from Oklahoma City University law professor Michael O’Shea, a nationally recognized expert on the Second Amendment; Miles Hall, owner...
  • Oklahoma Lawmakers Move Toward Open Carry Of Guns

    09/23/2011 6:53:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    news9.com ^ | 20 September, 2011 | Michael Konopasek
    OKLAHOMA CITY – If Oklahoma becomes an open-carry state, people will be able to carry a gun on display for everyone to see. It's an issue state lawmakers are setting their sights on once again. A group of lawmakers is studying the idea before pulling the trigger on a new law. The study included both law enforcement officials and gun industry leaders. It was an opportunity for lawmakers to learn more about the pros and cons of allowing Oklahoma to become an open carry state. Supporters are hopeful that this time around a law will be signed. Paul Isenberg is...
  • Rogers County Homeowner Fed Up, Shoots Repeat Intruder In Leg(OK)

    09/10/2011 5:02:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    NewsOn6.com ^ | 9 September, 2011 | Lori Fullbright
    ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma -- A Rogers County homeowner who was awakened by a burglar Friday morning shot the man in the leg. The incident occurred at a rural residence in the area of 145th Street North and U.S. Highway 169. This is the third time the same suspect has broken into the same house. Bill Gray, the homeowner, is fed up. The first time, he says the guy took $200 from a piggybank belonging to Bill's grandson and prescription pills. The second time, he says the guy took money from his wife's purse. This time, he was after more prescription...
  • URGENT Help for Golden Retriever Needed in Tulsa [Update at #11]

    09/08/2011 3:43:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
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    Does anyone have any connections in Tulsa, OK? Koda needs transport to Denver tomorrow, or somewhere to stay out of the shelter tomorrow night. Misha May has a foster home if we can get him here! HELP! 12 hours one way by car - anyone have connection to an airplane? Koda is a 7 yr old, neutered Golden Retriever who needs rescue out of his Tulsa OK shelter by tomorrow (Thursday) AM or he will be euthanized. He has a very sweet disposition... loves people, kids, other dogs and cats. Lorraine May The Misha May Foundation 303-239-0382 mishamayfoundation@gmail.com http://www.mishamayfoundation.org/index.html
  • Federal Court: Traffic Stop Does Not Justify Home Entry

    09/07/2011 4:38:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Tenth Circuit US Court of Appeals rules a police officer cannot enter a home over a minor traffic violation. A police officer has no right to pursue a minor traffic stop into a home, according to a ruling handed down Wednesday by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. A three-judge panel considered what happened after police in Sulphur, Oklahoma saw a suspect allegedly driving with faulty taillights on July 23, 2007. Murray County Deputy Sheriff Craig A. Billings signaled seventeen-year-old Joshua Burchett, who was driving the car, to pull over. Burchett continued on for two blocks, parked...
  • Possible IED Discovered on Oklahoma Gas Line

    08/10/2011 2:43:39 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10 August 2011 | Unknown
    Oklahoma bomb teams removed what is believed to be an Improvised Explosive Device from a gas line in Okfuskee, a small town about 30 miles east of Oklahoma City, authorities said.
  • Finding Baptist Church Tulsa OK

    08/07/2011 10:54:37 AM PDT · by BenKenobi · 42 replies
    Today | Ben Kenobi
    This is my first thread started here. I have a friend of mine in Tulsa OK who is leaving his Methodist Church because of a female pastor. He is looking for a more conservative Baptist Church in the Tulsa area. I would like a recommendation from FReepers who are in the area so that I can help my friend. Thank you very much for your time!
  • Police arrest sexual assault suspect

    07/14/2011 7:45:02 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    Edmond Sun ^ | July 14, 2011 | Mark Schlachtenhaufen
    EDMOND — A 40-year-old Edmond man was arrested on a sexual battery complaint after he allegedly sexually assaulted two women with special needs, police said. Glynda Chu, spokeswoman for the Edmond Police Department, said the victims, one age 21, the other age 24, worked at Goodwill and EARC in Edmond, and because of their bravery and immediate action investigators were able to identify the suspect. “This man tried to prey on women he thought would not have a voice, but he was very wrong,” Chu said. “As soon as the women reported the sexual assaults, the Police Department began an...
  • OKC Homeowner Shoots 2, Possibly 3 Home Invaders

    07/14/2011 5:29:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    news9.com ^ | 13 July, 2011 | NA
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- A homeowner shot at least two suspected home invaders late Wednesday night Oklahoma City Police reported. The shooting occurred at 201 N.W. 87th after 10:30 p.m. One suspect collapsed near the house and another suspect was found two blocks away. The homeowner told police she may have hit the third suspect as well. The incident began when the homeowner investigated when an alarm was triggered about 8:30 p.m. She confronted three suspects robbing her house who then fled. At about 10:30, the suspects returned. The homeowner open fire and hit at least two of them. Police were...
  • Police: Man shot, killed in domestic dispute(OK)

    06/21/2011 8:09:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    jenksjournal.com ^ | 20 June, 2011 | Steven James
    A 52-year-old Jenks man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon at a residence in Glenpool during an apparent domestic dispute, police said. Glenpool Assistant Police Chief Bart Harris said James Mitchell was shot twice in the chest outside a home at 680 W. 131st St. and pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified the man who fired the shots as the homeowner, 50-year-old Donald Wilson. Harris said police received a 911 call at about 5:15 p.m. regarding a dispute at Wilson's residence. The dispute apparently started between Mitchell and his mother at a house they shared in Jenks, Harris said....
  • A Noose Around Bibi's Neck

    05/12/2011 10:13:07 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/5/11 | Stanley Zir
    ..... Yet we never heard back from the president on this matter until May 4th, some 21 days later when White House press secretary Jay Carney responded to this question towards the end of a press briefing about the death of Osama Bin Laden. QUESTION: "Regarding a historical agreement between Hamas and Fatah today, Prime Minister Netanyahu called this a blow - a blow to peace and great victory for terrorism. "What's the President's view on this statement? Do you agree with Netanyahu?" MR. CARNEY: "We understand that Fatah and Hamas have received reached a reconciliation agreement. What is important...
  • State gun-control score near zero(Barf Alert OK)

    05/06/2011 12:00:05 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 5 May, 2011 | JIM MYERS
    WASHINGTON - A leading gun-control group gave Oklahoma a score of 2 out of a possible 100 points Wednesday, but the score was enough to keep the state off the "do-nothing'' list. According to the fourth-annual scorecard released by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Oklahoma received its 2 points for not forcing colleges to allow firearms on campus. Still, the group concluded, "Oklahoma has weak gun laws that help feed the illegal gun market and allow the sale of guns without background checks.'' Gov. Mary Fallin stood by the state's record. "The U.S. Constitution outlines a right to...
  • Oklahoma Legislature Approves Second Amendment Day

    05/03/2011 6:07:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 3 May, 2011 | Bentley Gates
    While state legislatures across the nation are making their constituent’s intents known regarding gun ownership rights, Oklahoma has taken a unique step in designating a Second Amendment Day for the state. A bill authored in the House by Steve Vaughn and in the Senate by Frank Simpson ultimately garnered a total of fifteen co-sponsors as it sailed out of committee with a unanimous “do pass” recommendation. It passed by wide margins in both chambers. Governor Mary Fallin signed the bill into law on April 14, 2011. An “emergency” provision of the bill places the act into immediate effect, meaning that...
  • Oklahoma governor signs bill that expands self-defense rights

    04/27/2011 5:20:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    newsok.com ^ | 26 April, 2011 | MICHAEL MCNUTT
    Business owners, managers and employees soon will be able to defend themselves when they have a reasonable fear they face death or great bodily harm. Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed into law House Bill 1439, which expands the right to use deadly force when in fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm. It takes effect Nov. 1. Advertisement Rep. Steve Vaughan, the author of the measure, said he filed the bill partly because of a pharmacist who has been charged with first-degree murder after shooting a masked robber six times in May 2009 inside an Oklahoma...
  • Okla. leaders weigh "birther" measure

    04/22/2011 6:21:59 PM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 25 replies
    My San Antonio - AP ^ | April 22, 2011 | TIM TALLEY
    Republican leaders are pondering whether to allow the House to vote on a controversial bill that would make Oklahoma the first state to require presidential candidates to prove their citizenship before appearing on the ballot_an outgrowth of persistent suspicions among some conservatives that President Obama was born overseas and should not be eligible for office. Oklahoma is one of about a dozen states where so-called "birther" legislation has been introduced, but the measures have stalled in most places. State officials in Hawaii, where Obama's birth was recorded in 1961, and national Republican Party officials have discredited the questions about Obama's...
  • Gunfire exchanged during attempted robbery at convenience store(OK)

    04/22/2011 5:23:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 20 April, 2011 | NICOLE MARSHALL
    Shots were exchanged between a would-be robber and another person during an armed robbery at a convenience store Wednesday, police said. Police are searching for the robber and they were unsure whether he was struck during the exchange of gunfire at Ryan's Convenience Store, 9848 E. 21st St. The robbery was reported to police about 12:15 p.m., Officer Leland Ashley said. The robber entered the store and demanded money. Preliminary information indicates that someone inside the store pulled a gun and fired at the robber. The robber returned fire and fled, Ashley said. "We are not sure if he was...
  • Keith Olbermann lacks class, tact

    04/20/2011 11:00:49 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The Oklahoma Daily ^ | Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | Sage Maudlin (worst pseudonym ever)
    Keith Olbermann is not a man but a mongrel—a cross between a Shih Tzu and a bull terrier. There’s nothing appealing about him. He’s incredibly masochistic, he can’t keep a job, and he’s one of the most hated talking heads in the media today. After a conversation occurring on “The Joy Behar Show,” he posted a couple of incredibly slanderous, demeaning, rude and crass Twitter messages about S.E. Cupp, who was part of Behar’s panel. Most politicians and talking heads would refuse to respond as he did in fear of being fired from their high paying jobs or sued for...
  • Oklahoma set to repeal collective bargaining law

    04/19/2011 3:27:14 PM PDT · by NRG1973 · 80 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo.com ^ | April 19, 2011 | Steve Olafson
    The Republican-controlled Oklahoma Senate dealt organized labor another defeat on Tuesday when it voted to repeal a collective bargaining law. The 29-19 vote means that some of the state's fastest-growing cities no longer will be required to collectively bargain with sanitation workers and other non-uniformed workers. The measure already passed the Oklahoma House and now goes to Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, who is expected to sign it into law.
  • Self-defense considered in shooting at Tulsa apartment complex(OK)

    03/28/2011 7:11:46 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 25 March, 2011 | DAVID HARPER
    Police are investigating whether a shooting at a Tulsa apartment complex Friday evening was in self defense. The police investigation revealed that a young man and some of his friends were “harassing” an older man who also lives in the McKinley Apartments in the 6600 block of East Latimer Place, and possibly threatened to kill the man and his family, Sgt. John McDowell said. The men went their separate ways briefly before the confrontation resumed, he said. When it did, McDowell said, the older man fired a shotgun at the younger man, spraying the victim with pellets. He said the...
  • Packing Heat In Oklahoma

    03/23/2011 4:51:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    fox23.com ^ | 22 March, 2011 | Abbie Alford
    Carrying a gun out in the open could become a reality in Oklahoma. State lawmakers have shot down several gun proposals but one Senate bill still alive has some surprising opponents. SB 129, sponsored by Senator Steven Russell R-Oklahoma City, would give anyone 18 years of age or older the right to openly carry a gun without a license or training. FOX23’s Abbie Alford reports why the Oklahoma Rifle Association is saying no to the current proposal. The uproar with lawmakers first started on campus, college students and faculty member should be able to carry guns. Those proposals were shot...
  • Immigration Bills Stir Opposition

    03/21/2011 8:16:57 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    KTUL ^ | Mar 21, 2011 | KTUL
    The store fronts testify to an integral and economic piece of the Tulsa puzzle, but legal or not, many local Hispanics are feeling harassed by Oklahoma legislators. "It's a harassment, and I think they're being racist," said Irma Ramirez, who was in this country for 20 years before getting her citizenship. Do you have undocumented friends and are they worried? "Oh yeah, of course, I do have, and they're very worried, they're even afraid to go out, even to go shopping because they're afraid of being deported," she said. The legislative session began this year with some 30 bills aimed...
  • While DC fiddles, Oklahoma burns for open carry

    03/21/2011 3:17:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    D.C. Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 March, 2011 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Despite the US Supreme Court's striking down of the District of Columbia's handgun ownership ban in 2008, residents and visitors to the nation's Capital continued to be denied the fundamental right to carry handguns in public, either concealed, or openly. This issue is both under litigation and being scrutinized by a restless Congress. But while DC fiddles for any right to carry, Oklahoma burns for open carry. Oklahoma is one of only 7 states banning the open carry of properly holstered handguns in public. Last week the Republican dominated Oklahoma Senate passed SB 129, a bill to, like most states,...
  • Governor supports open-carry concept (OK)

    03/19/2011 6:48:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    newsok.com ^ | 19 March, 2011 | BARBARA HOBEROCK
    Gov. Mary Fallin supports the concept of allowing Oklahomans to openly carry guns, her spokesman said Friday. “I think we will wait and see what gets to her desk, but she supports the concept of open carry in general,” Alex Weintz, a Fallin spokesman, said Friday. Advertisement Fallin campaigned on protecting Second Amendment rights. Several measures in the Legislature deal with guns. Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, on Tuesday secured passage of Senate Bill 129 that would allow anyone 18 or older to openly carry a gun. The vote was 36-8. Russell said several other states have similar laws, adding...
  • New open carry bill passes Oklahoma Senate

    03/18/2011 11:41:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1+ views
    kxii.com ^ | 16 March, 2011 | Keith Moon
    ARDMORE, OK - One Oklahoma Lawmaker has proposed a new gun bill that has many residents up in arms. An Oklahoma City Senator who fought in the War in Iraq says Americans should be able to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms without any training or certification. Oklahoma Senate Bill 129 authored by Republican Senator Steve Russell of Oklahoma City would allow folks 18 and over with to openly carry hand guns without any training requirements. Folks we talked to say being able to openly carry a weapon with no training is a bad idea. "I don't think...
  • Bills seek open-carry in Oklahoma

    03/15/2011 7:20:57 AM PDT · by marktwain
    pryordailytimes.com ^ | 14 March, 2011 | Rep. Chuck Hoskin
    Last week marked the final days in which bills authored by House members could receive a hearing in hopes of their bills progressing to the full body of the chamber. Of the 1,209 bills filed this session, only 384 House bills survived the first hurdle of the legislative process and will receive further deliberation and debate. The next legislative deadline looms as only 47 bills have received a hearing by the House chamber in the past three weeks, and the remaining 337 bills on General Order must be heard and passed off the House floor by the March 17 deadline....
  • Group blasts 3 state legislators for "radical" stands

    03/09/2011 10:59:03 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 3/9/2011 | WAYNE GREENE
    Three Oklahoma lawmakers who advocate stricter immigration controls are among a dozen U.S. legislators targeted by the Southern Poverty Law Center for their “radical” beliefs.Republican state Reps. Sally Kern and Charles Key of Oklahoma City and Randy Terrill of Moore are highlighted in the “Attacking the Constitution: State Legislators for Legal Immigration & the Anti-Immigrant Movement” report. “It’s astounding how far outside the mainstream they are,” Heidi Beirich, research director for the center, said of the legislators. “These folks are flat-out extremists.”