Okla. House OKs armed district judge proposal

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Associated Press

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Updated Thursday, May 9 at 11:04 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma judges could carry firearms practically anywhere in the state under a bill that now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin.

The House gave the bill final legislative approval Wednesday on a bipartisan 78-12 vote.

The bill would allow municipal judges and current and retired district judges to carry a firearm in public buildings if they have the required training. It would go into effect in November.

Democratic Rep. Jerry McPeak of Warner questioned whether the bill would let judges take guns to soccer games and asked why it applied to judges and not representatives or other groups.

Republican Rep. Steve Martin of Bartlesville sponsored the bill and said anyone who can carry a gun should be able to do so as long as they aren't breaking another law.

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