OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1743 into law. Also known as the "Landowner's Hunting Freedom Act," this bill received the overwhelming, bi-partisan support of the Oklahoma Senate and House with final votes of 44 to 0 and 78 to 3, respectively. SB 1743 allows Oklahoma landowners and their guests to use lawfully possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting as of November 1, 2012.
SB 1743 was authored by state Senator Steve Russell (R-45) and state Representative Leslie Osborn (R-47). This legislation is particularly important as noise complaints are being used more frequently as an excuse to close shooting ranges, informal shooting areas, and hunting lands throughout the country. Additionally, increased use of suppressors will help eliminate many of these complaints and protect hunting and shooting areas well into the future. Most importantly, it will help protect hunters' hearing.
IN MISSOURI, State Senators Brian Munzlinger (R-18), Dan Brown (R-16) and state Representative Ward Franz (R-151) led the way to protect all Missouri Right-to-Carry endorsements in Senate Bill 489. This legislation honors all live-fire training exercises completed as part of a concealed carry course prior to requirement changes made last year. Since SB 489 includes an emergency clause, it goes into effect upon signature into law by the Governor.
State Representative Jeanie Riddle (R-20) and state Senator Mike Kehoe (R-6) championed important self-defense improvements in House Bill 1647 which will lower the Right-to-Carry age requirement from 21 to 18 years old for active duty military who are residents of or stationed in Missouri. HB 1647 also removes penalties for an accidental exposure of a firearm by a concealed carry endorsement holder and establishes a process for restoration of firearm rights for those currently prohibited.
State Senator Bill Stouffer (R-21) and state Representative Eric Burlison (R-136) established a National Rifle Association license plate in the transportation omnibus bill, Senate Bill 480. Purchase of Missouri NRA license plates will help fund important pro-Second Amendment activities in the Show-Me State.
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