40 Sheriffs Walk Out of Oklahoma Capitol Rather Than Disarm

Monday, 17 Mar 2014 12:53 PM

By Joe Battaglia

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Gun-grabbing fever became a hot topic in Oklahoma when 40 sheriffs walked out of the state Capitol building after an anonymous senator demanded they remove their firearms.

According to KTUL-TV, sheriffs and legislators come together annually for a meet-and-greet at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City, where they discuss the needs of the state while getting to know each other better.

On Friday, after entering the Capitol for this year's event, the state's sheriffs were confronted and given an ultimatum: Disarm or leave the building.

When given the choice, Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert said, "We all packed up and left."

"One of the senators, who they wouldn't tell us, complained because we were armed in the building," Colbert added. "Everybody in that building knew who we were."

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Although several senators have reached out to apologize to Colbert, he is still dumbfounded by what played out on what he termed a "pretty sad day for me."

"We're the people that protect these people," he said.

Colbert went as far as to argue that lawmakers should in turn be more focused on the state's finances than legal holders of firearms.

"If the state troopers are satisfied that we're OK to be in that building, I'm pretty sure that the legislators should have something else to worry about such as the economy or something," Colbert said.

This isn't the first incident in which a public servant found himself within the reach of the gun-control agenda. Last year in Washington state, a city council meeting on gun rights experienced a similar incident.

After speaking for several minutes, a military veteran was interrupted and asked to disarm by a lone city councilman. After his request was voted down 2-4, the councilman stormed out of the room.


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