ORA Affiliated State Association of the NRA

The mission of the ORA is to protect and preserve the shooting sports at the state level.  ORA will promote and improve the shooting sports by sponsoring marksmanship training and competitions throughout the state of Oklahoma.  

ORA will work for the rights of the gun owner, shooter, collector, hunter, archer, black powder enthusiast.   ORA will support the free exchange of ideas, information and education related to gun ownership, shooting, hunting, firearms and related topics

Monday, March 02, 2015

Oklahoma: Some Pro-Gun Bills Moving, While Others Stalled in Senate Committee

Contact Committee Chairman Don Barrington Immediately and Request that Pro-Gun Measures Receive a Hearing!

In good news for Second Amendment supporters, the House Rules Committee passed House Joint Resolution 1009 by a 9-1 vote.  This measure makes a critical improvement to the current Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment in Oklahoma’s constitution.  If passed by both the House and Senate this year, HJR 1009 will be referred to the 2016 ballot and put to a vote of the people for adoption.  This is a critical measure that provides the strongest possible protection for your gun rights, guaranteeing in the state constitution your Right to Keep and Bear Arms against any infringements or restrictions for you and future generations of Oklahomans.  All proposed restrictions to any of your fundamental rights should be subject to a standard that ensures the strongest possible protection for that right, and your fundamental Right to Keep and Bear Arms is no exception.  HJR 1009 provides these protections by subjecting any restrictions to your firearms freedoms to strict scrutiny, which is a standard of judicial review.  Currently, the courts have found that the state constitution only provides for weak protections.

Senate Bill 19, authored by Senator Kyle Loveless (R-45), would create an exception to the ban on concealed carrying of a handgun while on a public bus for those with a valid concealed carry permit.  Existing Oklahoma law prohibits any person, even law-abiding permit holders, from carrying a handgun concealed while utilizing public transportation, yet allows the same law-abiding permit holder to exercise their right to self-defense while using private conveyance.  This common sense legislation would allow those licensed to carry a firearm elsewhere in Oklahoma to do so on a public bus line.  By creating this new exception for law-abiding permit holders, SB 19 does away with a discriminatory provision that would force those to be unarmed who cannot own a vehicle to travel due to economic status.  

Senate Bill 212, authored by Senator AJ Griffin (R-20), would require institutions of higher education to provide public notice regarding the firearm policy of specific campuses, as well as provide information regarding the procedure for law-abiding adults with a permit to carry to request permission to carry on campus.  

Contact Chairman Don Barrington at (405) 521-5563 or [email protected] and politely urge him to give these two bills a fair hearing.  Please also use the contact information provided below to call and email members of the Senate Public Safety Committee.  Your action can and will make the difference. 

Senate Public Safety Committee:

Senator  Don Barrington (R-31), Chair
[email protected] 
Phone: 405-521-5563

Senator Corey Brooks (R-43), Vice Chair
[email protected]
Phone: 405-521-5522

Senator Josh Brecheen (R-6)
[email protected]
Phone: 405-521-5586

Senator Kim David (R-18)
[email protected]
Phone: 405-521-5590

Senator John Ford (R-29)
[email protected] 
Phone: 405-521-5634

Senator David Holt (R-30)
[email protected] 
Phone: 405-521-5636

Senator Susan Paddack (D-13)
[email protected] 
Phone: 405-521-5541

Senator Wayne Shaw (R-3)
[email protected]
Phone: 405-521-5574

Senator Charles Wyrick (D-1)
[email protected] 
Phone: 405-521-5561



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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced it is seeking to ban commonplace 5.56 M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” If you have not already done so, all industry employees, target shooters and gun owners should contact your Member of Congress AND the ATF to oppose this unnecessary ban, which is truly a solution in search of a problem and that raises serious questions about executive agency attitude and overreach. Stopped cold on Capitol Hill, this action appears to be the Obama administration’s attempt to pursue gun control by other means.

Commonly available steel-core, “green tip” M855 and SS109 rifle ammunition that is primarily intended and regularly used for “sporting purposes,” like target shooting, has been exempt from federal law banning armor piercing ammunition for decades. There is no question that the 5.56 ball ammo has been in wide use by law abiding American citizens for sporting purposes.

It is with the increasing prevalence of handgun versions of rifle platforms, that ATF now apparently sees an opening to now ban the widely used M855 and SS109 ammunition.

ATF’s proposed “framework” for applying the “sporting purpose” exemption test rewrites the law passed by Congress to disregard the manufacturer’s intention that a projectile or cartridge is “primarily intended for a supporting purpose.” ATF inappropriately places the focus on how criminals might misuse sporting ammunition in a handgun.

Just as disturbing, language used by ATF in its long white paper refers to criminals as a “consumer group.” The implication that the industry purposely sells firearms and ammunition to criminals is misleading and echoes the shopworn charges of the gun control lobby.

Manufacturers will face serious limitations in their ability to develop and market alternative ammunition in other popular hunting rounds, such as .308 rifle hunting ammunition, if ATF’s so-called “framework” is adopted. This will have a detrimental effect on hunting nationwide, especially in California where a total ban on traditional ammunition for hunting is being phased in now.

Write to your Member of Congress and the ATF today and tell them you oppose this unnecessary, misguided and damaging ban on commonly used ammunition for America’s most popular sporting rifles.

Tweet to your Member of Congress today and ask them to stop the Obama Administration from implementing this unnecessary ban on commonly used ammunition for America’s most popular sporting rifles.




BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo

BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo

In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress. [ READ MORE ]

WARNING VA raises concerns about gun registry with offer of free gun locks


As President Obama dodges a reminder of the veterans’ health-care scandal this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs is offering free gun locks to veterans if they provide details on the number of guns they own and their home address, raising concerns about a government-run gun registry.  [ READ MORE ]


James Lankford

Congratulations to
ORA Member

James Lankford,
United States Senator!


NO GUN LIST - If you know of a place of business that says NO to open or conceal carry, please send us that information so it can be post on the ORA website. Thank you!  BTW, you don't have to be a member to help us fight these no Gun business.     March 02, 2015

- If you need to file a change of address, please use our  change of address form.  If your address is not up to date, this will cause a delay in receiving the sharpshooter and your membership cards and it will cost the ORA funds in re-mailing.  Thank you, the ORA staff.

In the late Summer of 2005, ORA Executive Director Charles Smith walked into the Capitol office of longtime ORA member and friend State Rep. Kevin Calvey.  “Kevin, we need something like this,” handing him a copy of Florida’s “Castle Doctrine” law.  Rep. Calvey subsequently authored the bill,  adding additional safeguards.  During the next session his bill was introduced and adopted.   Oklahoma now had the best “Castle Doctrine” law in the nation, thanks to Kevin Calvey and the ORA. 

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