NBA’s Thunder Urges Oklahoma Senate Leader to Kill Pro-Gun Bills

Kevin Love, Steven Adams
The Associated Press

The NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder is urging the state senate’s president pro tempore, Brian Bingman, to kill two pro-gun bills now moving through the legislative body.

One of the bills—HB 3098—would remove government oversight on the open carry of handguns. A concealed carry permit is currently required in order to openly carry a handgun in Oklahoma. HB 3098 would recognize the Second Amendment as a sufficient open carry permit.

The NRA-ILA points out that HB 3098 does not change the law requiring concealed carriers to possess a permit. Yet the Associated Press reports that the Thunder has joined with “two dozen [other] businesses, universities, and law enforcement groups” in opposing the pro-Second Amendment bill.

The NRA has staked its position opposite the Thunder and is asking its members to urge passage of open carry reform.

The Second Amendment is a sufficient open carry permit in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, among others.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at