Sheriffs Asked to Leave Oklahoma Capitol Because They Wore Guns

| by Michael Allen

Last week, over 40 sheriffs walked out of the Oklahoma State Capitol after an unidentified state senator reportedly demanded they remove their guns.

The sheriffs were entering the capitol building for an annual meeting with lawmakers when they were asked to remove their guns.

“One of the senators, who they wouldn’t tell us, complained because we were armed in the building,” Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert (pictured) told KTUL.

“So we all packed up and left,” added Sheriff Colbert. “Pretty sad day for me. We’re the people that protect these people."

“If the state troopers are satisfied that we’re ok in that building I’m pretty sure that the legislators should have something else to worry about such as the economy or something,” Colbert stated.

However, State Senate spokeswoman Malia Bennett told The Oklahoman that Senate rules don’t allow guns to be carried onto the Senate floor or gallery.

Senate staffers asked the sheriffs to step into the hall outside the gallery to speak with the Senate chief of staff.

After the chief of staff identified them, the sheriffs were allowed back into the gallery, still wearing their guns, but they chose to leave.

Sources: KTUL and The Oklahoman