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New Bill Could Put Guns In The Hands Of Criminals
“What the bill would have done is allow us to put guns in the hands of convicted felons,” SAID House Majority Leader, Fred Jordan on House Bill 1775.
“This doesn't address violent felonies. This is just specific for non-violent felon,” said the bill’s author, Republican Representative Todd Russ.
State lawmakers are divided over house bill 17-75. Representative Russ said it's aimed at ex-cons who have served their time and learned their lesson.
“Most felonies are 10 years. If they have gone 10 years with no other scrapes with the law. They've grown up and now they're 35 and a productive citizen in their community,” said Rep. Russ.
The bill was put on hold in committee. Critics say the way the bill is written a non-violent crime would include drug charges, child porn and burglary.
“There was some real issues of what may not seem like violent felons but really are pretty violent folks who could have gotten firearms with if this bill passed the way it is today,” said Rep. Jordan.
Representative Jordan says there is already a process in place for felons to get back their rights with a pardon and expungement
“If we're going to pass another bill we need to modify that procedure.”
Russ said the process is ineffective.
“For them to say getting a pardon from the governor, get an expungement through the DA’s office is a reasonable process is well, I have objections to that”
Oklahomans we spoke with say they would feel concerned for their safety.
“They already have a bad track record. Why should they have a gun,” said Carl Coley
“They’re felons. They don't deserve to be in control of any weapons at all,” added Joesph Byrd.
Rep. Russ plans to work with other lawmakers and get the bill re-heard as soon as possible.
Posted: Wednesday, February 13 2013, 10:32 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Lincoln `comfort' dog headed to Oklahoma
May 22, 2013 16:45 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A Lincoln "comfort" dog that has been to several national tragedy sites this year is now in Oklahoma to help victims cope with the devastation caused by a massive tornado.
Lincoln television station KOLN-TV reports (http://bit.ly/11aPCT0) that Moses has been sent to comfort those affected by the Boston bombings, a West Texas explosion and school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
Moses is part of Lutheran Church Charities National K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.
Pastor Glen Keylon says Moses provides a lot of relief to people -- especially children -- when they are able to pet him during a tough time.
The massive tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., on Monday killed 24 -- including 10 children -- and injured more than 200.
Information from: KOLN-TV, http://www.kolnkgin.com
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