The Pryor Times

February 15, 2013

Committee approves online renewal of handgun licenses

— OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation approved by a House committee would allow individuals with a license to carry a firearm to renew their license online.

House Bill 1489, by state Rep. Mike Ritze, is intended to make license renewal more convenient, he said.

“I consider this legislation to be a government modernization bill because it basically puts another licensing process online for the convenience of all Oklahomans applying for the license,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. “With any luck, one day individuals can obtain all licenses they need online rather than by going to some office and waiting in a long line.”

Ritze said he was pleased with the state’s current open carry law.

“I believe strongly in the importance of our Second Amendment right to carry firearms to defend ourselves,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. “I was proud to be among those supporting the current open carry law and I am glad that the bill I am carrying this year will make it easier to renew a license to carry a firearm.”

The measure was approved 11-1 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives Economic Development and Financial Services Committee. If approved by the House Calendar Committee, it will be available for a hearing on the House floor.