Last week on Tuesday Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert visited the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City with 40 other sheriffs from around the state like they do every year. The Sheriffs were there to take some classes as well to do some lobbying in support of some bills as well as oppose some.
Colbert said that every time they go to the capitol they check in like everyone else at the front entrance and give notice they have their weapons on them as required by law due to them being peace officers. That means they have to have the weapons on them and ready to take action if needed at any time.
Once the class was over they then went to the House side of the capitol and took their seat in the gallery. While there they did not have any issues arise, but were recognized by the House members and given a standing ovation.
Now that they had dealt with the House they then decided to go over to the Senate side of the capitol to see how things was going over there.
They had taken their seats in the Senate gallery and Colbert noticed that it seemed like something was taking place on the Senate floor, but he was not real sure what was happening.
Colbert then looked over to his right side and noticed a lady in a red coat smiling at them with her arms crossed.
“Then I looked to my left and noticed a male, also in a red coat, approaching me with a look like he was in the secret service. Then another male in a red coat then approached by way of the center isle in front of us,” Colbert said. “That is when the gentlemen proceeded to tell us that we could not be there with weapons and that we would need to either leave or take them off and leave them outside the door.”
The Sheriffs then identified themselves and asked why they needed to disarm. The gentlemen told them that a certain state Senator had asked them to and the lady on the right stated it was the Senate Leadership that had asked them to leave.
Colbert then asked, “Now how smart is that leaving an unattended weapon lying outside the door where anyone could get it?”
Again they were told they need to leave or remove their weapons.
That is when Sheriff Colbert decided it was enough and held up his arms like he was being arrested and proceeded to leave and decided he would not return. He says there were others that had also decided not to return. But there are reports that some of the others had been questioned and were then allowed to return with their weapons on.
Colbert said he was not entirely sure who the Senator was that complained, but that he felt it was a slap in their face.
“We are the ones who protect and defend them when they come back to their districts,” Colbert said.