Sen. Marty Quinn

One of my favorite days at the Capitol every year is Claremore Day.  It’s always a great opportunity to visit with community business leaders, Chamber of Commerce members, city officials and many Claremore residents who come for a fun day at the State Capitol celebrating our community.   

I appreciate the efforts of everyone who worked hard to organize Claremore Day, including Barby Myers, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and my executive assistant, Donna Garlick.  The dedication and attention to detail of all involved were essential to the success of the event.

The presenting sponsor of this year’s event was Pelco, represented by Phil Albert, who also spent time ensuring Claremore Day was successful.  The major sponsors were Claremore Industrial and Economic Development (CIEDA), which was represented by John Feary and the City of Claremore, represented by Mayor Bill Flanagan, City Manager Jim Thomas and several department managers.  Partner sponsors were Pixley Lumber and Rogers State University.  Additional exhibitors included BancFirst, City of Claremore Power & Light Planning, Claremore Main Street, Compassion Women’s Center, Groups Recover Together, Hope Harbor, J. Farley’s Pub, JM Davis Arms & Historical Museum, moreClaremore.com, MST Manufacturing, Northeast Tech, RCB Bank, RSU TV/RSU Works, Visit Claremore, Volunteers for Youth and Will Rogers Memorial Museum. 

Bill Baird of the Hammett House catered lunch for the event, offering the favorites of Will Rogers, including a delicious buffet of ham, beans and many of the famous pies which are always a tremendous hit at the Capitol.

Claremore Day is a great opportunity to showcase the businesses of our community, including the museums.  The JM Davis Arms & Historical Museum and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum are local gems in our community and it was good to see them represented at the Capitol on Wednesday.  Not surprisingly, the JM Davis gun gallery is always a favorite every year.

Also on Wednesday the Senate approved by a wide margin the constitutional carry bill and Gov. Stitt signed it into law that same day.  The bill permits Oklahomans age 21 and older to carry a firearm without a permit.  It also permits veterans, active duty, and reserve military age 18 and over to carry without a permit.  The bill prohibits felons and those with domestic violence convictions or who have been adjudicated as having a mental illness from carrying a firearm. Additionally, the bill maintains current protections allowing private property owners to prohibit firearms from being carried onto their property, while also maintaining the ability of higher education institutions to set their own policies regarding the carrying of firearms on campuses. This protects and enhances Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans while also maintaining private property rights, while granting Oklahomans the same right to carry without a license that we’ve granted the citizens of other states for years.

If you have any questions about state government or concerns about legislation, please do not hesitate to contact my Senate office at the Capitol by calling (405) 521-5555 or writing to me at Senator Marty Quinn, 2300 North Lincoln Blvd. Rm. 419, State Capitol Building, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.  I can also be reached via email at quinn@oksenate.gov