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Bill would expand campus-carry in Oklahoma

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DURANT, Okla. -- A new proposal on Oklahoma gun laws is making its way to the state Senate. It would permit anyone to carry guns on university or college campuses without restrictions.

Senate Bill 12, sponsored by state Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-District 33) would change current legislation, which lets the president of a school decide on a case-by-case basis who can carry a weapon.

"I think the current policy we have is just the way it needs to be," said Sean Burrage, president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. "You can carry a gun on campus if the president gives you written permission to do so, and that's the law now, and that's the rule the way it is now. We feel very good about that being our position." 

Briana Pierce has been a part of Southeastern's student body government for several years. She backs the current policy.

"That just allows us to feel safer and speak more freely," she said.

"If you provide legislation to allow open-carry to everyone, there's a loss of accountability and there's a loss of knowing who should and shouldn't be possessing firearms," added junior Nathan Hodson. "If you lose that accountability, then you create chaos, and then there's a lot of confusion."

Sen. Dahm defended his bill, telling KTEN it only changes permit restrictions.

The Oklahoma Legislature convenes on February 4.

Text of Senate Bill 12 as introduced

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