By Luke Sherman, a candidate for Tulsa County Sheriff
I wholeheartedly support the Second Amendment. This country was formed on this ideology of freedom and we need to always embrace this.
To legally carry an open or concealed weapon as a citizen allows you the right to defend yourself and your family from personal harm. I believe instances of protecting others in moments of eminent danger are also acceptable and the right thing to do.
Where I offer caution is in instances where a citizen would go past these aforementioned examples to begin to openly look, locate, and confront suspects who are not in the immediate area of the citizen and his or her family. This is the responsibility of law enforcement. Citizens who might act in this manner will almost assuredly create the intersection of gun-carrying citizens with responding law-enforcement personnel. The results of such a meeting, when everyone is under intense stress, could prove to be fatal and tragic.
Even as law enforcement personnel are extremely aware of the deadly possibilities related to “friendly fire” situations during these instances, citizens legally carrying weapons must be mindful of these potentially deadly situations, and know the limits of their lawful options to carry a weapon.
While some may call for an end to the Tulsa County Sheriff charging a $25 fee for fingerprinting as part of the registration process, I am advocating to remove the Sheriff’s Office from the process entirely. This is a State Law and I believe this administrative process should be handled by the OSBI. I support HB-1936, authored by Rep. Kevin Calvey and endorsed by the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, which eliminates the Sheriff’s fee, reduces the OSBI fee from $100 to $25, repeals the collection of fingerprints, and makes the entire process much more fluid.
Public safety is a group effort. As Tulsa County Sheriff, I will always stand by personal liberty, respect our Constitutional right to bear arms, and promote and believe in our brave law enforcement officers.