Murdock's Minutes

House bill would prohibit companies' discriminating against 'firearm entities'


Here’s a very short civics lesson for you today – a bill has to be approved in both the Senate and the House before it can go to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. At this point in the legislative session, the Senate bills that made it through both the committee and floor votes have been sent over to the House of Representatives to start the process over again, and likewise, our committees are hearing legislation sent over from their chamber. That means every bill someone files in the House or the Senate has to have a co-author from the opposite chamber to carry it when it crosses over.

I’m principal Senate author on several really good House bills this session. Among them is House Bill 3144. This legislation says that a governmental entity would not be able to do business with a company for the purchase of goods or services unless the contract verifies that company does not discriminate against a firearm entity or firearm trade association.

To put it more plainly, this bill is about banks that have policies against loaning to gun manufacturers as well as gun businesses that sell long rifles to citizens that are 20 or younger. First of all, this is yet another attack on our Second Amendment rights. If a person can fight for our country at the age of 18, why shouldn’t they be able to buy a rifle? I believe Oklahoma’s gun policy should be set by the legislators the citizens elect to pass laws, not some Wall Street woke bank.

I’m also principal Senate author of HB 4281 to ensure Oklahomans can use spotlighting and night vision to hunt coyotes. You may recall I filed a measure like this last year. Unfortunately time ran out on the session before it was approved in the House, but my bill is still over there and a live round, so we have a couple of opportunities to get it done this year.

I’m also carrying HB 3822, which would allow teens from 14 to 17 who live or work on a farm to apply to the Department of Public Safety for a permit to drive a car or truck. This will be a tremendous help for farms right here in Senate District 27 and throughout our state.

In closing, I want to thank the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), host of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), for giving me their Conservative Achievement Award in recognition of my voting record in the Senate. According to ACUF, my votes were consistent with the ideals expressed in the U.S. Constitution, including limited and transparent government, individual rights, personal responsibility and lasting cultural values.

I am honored to be recognized by this organization, considered to be the gold standard for holding elected officials accountable for their voting records, and again, I thank them for this award.

It is my honor to serve you in the Oklahoma State Senate. You can reach me by calling 405-521-5626 or emailing [email protected].


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