OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that would allow some ex-felons to have their right to possess firearms restored has been placed on hold after clear opposition from members of a House panel.
The House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday raised numerous concerns with the bill by Cordell Republican Rep. Todd Russ. The bill would have allowed individuals convicted of a nonviolent felony who have completed their sentence and probationary period to have their gun rights restored. The bill would also allow those individuals to apply for a permit to carry a handgun.
Russ agreed to lay the bill over after several members raised objections.
Under current law, those convicted of a nonviolent felony can only have their gun rights restored through a pardon from the governor.