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Police in Normandy say they have “no information” in response to questions about mass shootings and gun laws.

NDP Maj. Brent Barbour gave the answer via email Tuesday after The Transcript asked if the department had a response to a series of nationwide mass shootings, considering the NDP would likely respond to one in Norman, and if the department was doing something to prevent them.

The transcript also asked what the NDP would like to see in reference to state and federal gun laws, and whether they would like to see legislative action specifically related to unlicensed carry in Oklahoma.

“We have no information to provide regarding your questions provided,” Barbour said in an email Tuesday.

“I would like to know what [NPD thinks] about transportation without a license, back and forth, and not having information is disappointing,” said Rep. Jacob Roasecrans, D-Norman.

Barbour sent his response just hours before the NDP responded to a false report of multiple deaths and a suspect ready to hire officers in the western part of town.

Barbour’s response and false report came less than a week after a disgruntled patient stormed into Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, killing his doctor and three others with an AR-15 rifle before killing himself. commit suicide. Four days earlier, a gunman killed one person and shot seven others during a fight at a Memorial Day weekend festival in Taft.

The shootings in Oklahoma were preceded by large mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas the previous month. The shootings prompted President Joe Biden to propose gun laws, including a nationwide red flag law and tougher background checks.

Democrats in the Oklahoma Legislative Assembly proposed the position against violence and extremism [SAVE] Respond to shootings. If passed, the bill would repeal the state’s anti-red flag law, repeal carrying without a license and raise the age to purchase firearms to 21 in Oklahoma.

Carrying without a license has been linked to an increase in the number of guns stolen from cars in states where the law is in effect. In Norman, crime has increased 70% in the two years since portering without a license took effect compared to the previous two years, according to NDP data.

Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, voted for unlicensed transport in 2019. He also supported police in the Legislative Assembly – in 2021 he drafted Senate Bill 825, which states that if a municipality approved a tax increase to fund public safety, the city government could not redirect or reduce that money without a second public vote. Governor Kevin Stitt signed the bill.

When asked in February for a response to the spike in guns stolen from cars and the correlation between crime and carrying without a license in other states, Standridge attributed it to a lack of manpower. work of the NDP, homelessness and an increase in violent and serious property crime in Norman.

Standridge did not immediately respond to a question asking if he would consider supporting any of the SAVE Act proposals if he thought they would increase public safety or make the job of police officers easier or safer.

Stanford law professor John Donohue, who has studied the correlation between gun laws and crime trends, said police departments could face outside pressure from groups of pressure not to oppose softer gun laws. He also said some officers might favor looser gun restrictions.

This is despite the link between greater license to carry guns and lower clearance rates for police in states with such laws, Donohue said.

“One problem you see with police departments is that they are often largely subject only to their own scrutiny and as a result they are reluctant to share any information that might come back and haunt them,” he said. -he declares.

Donohue also said several state legislatures have practiced “extreme antagonism” to gun safety measures.

Rosecrants said the SAVE Act is “about saving lives through common sense gun safety laws.”

“I think law enforcement would support these ideas because it all comes down to saving lives and helping to protect the public,” Rosecrans said.

Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane and former Oklahoma Department of Corrections officer, says there’s ‘no appetite’ in the Legislature’s Republican supermajority to pass the SAVE Act , arguing that it is a violation of Oklahoma’s Second Amendment rights and self-defense.

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