Oklahoma Sheriffs Visiting State Capitol Building Ordered to Disarm â€” How Do You Suppose They Responded?
Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert traveled to Oklahoma City, the stateâ€™s capitol, earlier this week with 40 other sheriffs from around the state like they do every year â€” to meet with politicians and lobby.
Everything was going fine in the state capitol building on Tuesday. More than that, â€śeverybody in that building knew who we were,â€ť Colbert told KTUL-TV in Tulsa.
â€śOne of the senators, who they wouldnâ€™t tell us, complained because we were armed in the building,â€ť Colbert added to the station.
Then he said the sheriffs were given a choice â€” disarm or leave.
â€śSo we all packed up and left,â€ť Colbert told KTUL.
Colbert said he doesnâ€™t know which senator complained, but he has his own beefs about the treatment he and his associates received.
â€śWeâ€™re the people that protect these people,â€ť he told KTUL.
In addition, Colbert said politicians should be more concerned about improving state business than law enforcement officers who happen to be carrying guns.
â€śIf the state troopers are satisfied that weâ€™re OK in that building,â€ť he told KTUL, â€śIâ€™m pretty sure that the legislators should have something else to worry about such as the economy or something.â€ť
While Colbert acknowledged that some lawmakers have called to apologize about the incident, the insult will be felt for a while.
â€śPretty sad day for me,â€ť he told KTUL.
When the sheriffs entered the Senate gallery, â€śthe sergeant at arms asked the sheriffs to take off their guns or leave the building,â€ť the Oklahoman said. â€śBut a state Senate official says the sheriffs were only questioned briefly before being allowed back into the Senate gallery, still wearing their service weapons.â€ť