Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oklahoma Carry Law Upheld!

File this under “good news”. The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld an Oklahoma law permitting "employees to store legally owned firearms in locked, private motor vehicles while parked in employer parking lots." The original legislation was backed by the NRA and passed in 2004. The amendment Oklahoma held "employers criminally liable for prohibiting employees from storing their legally owned firearms in locked vehicles on company property." Several companies filed suit to block the legislation and a lower court issued a permanent injunction against the measure.

A few comments from NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre:

"This is a victory for the millions of American workers who have been denied the right to protect themselves while commuting between their homes and their workplace. Their effort to overturn the law was aimed at skirting the will of the American people, and the intent of legislatures across this country while eviscerating Right-to-Carry laws."

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox had some additional words:

"This issue was contrived by the gun control lobby who goaded corporations into doing their dirty work for them. However, this ruling is a vindication for every hardworking and lawful man and woman whose basic right to self-defense was taken away on a whim by corporate lawyers. NRA is prepared to defend this right and to ensure the safety of every American worker."

The appeal of the lower court ruling was championed by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry (D) and Attorney General Drew Edmondson, with the appeal filed in October of 2008. Hopefully this law will become a model for other states going forward as it has been upheld at a higher court. We all owe Governor Henry and AG Edmondson a great deal of thanks for championing this issue for law-abiding gun owners.

Until next time!!!


Troy said...

I'd like to see some similar intelligent legislation here in Oregon... My understanding is that technically with the ways the laws are written, a company's parking lot is their private property, and if they expressly forbid it, it's illegal to bring a firearm on their property, even if you have a CHL and even if the firearm is locked in your vehicle. "Technically".

Fingolfen said...

I haven't explored the private property laws - I know the issue has come up because of the WOU case, but that's covered under the public property laws. Given that the circuit court has now upheld the law I'd expect to see similar laws drafted in other states...