Oklahoma Sheriffs Visiting State Capitol Building Ordered to Disarm — How Do You Suppose They Responded?
Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert traveled to Oklahoma City, the state’s capitol, earlier this week with 40 other sheriffs from around the state like they do every year — to meet with politicians and lobby.
Everything was going fine in the state capitol building on Tuesday. More than that, “everybody in that building knew who we were,” Colbert told KTUL-TV in Tulsa.
“One of the senators, who they wouldn’t tell us, complained because we were armed in the building,” Colbert added to the station.
Then he said the sheriffs were given a choice — disarm or leave.
“So we all packed up and left,” Colbert told KTUL.
Colbert said he doesn’t know which senator complained, but he has his own beefs about the treatment he and his associates received.
“We’re the people that protect these people,” 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.
“If the state troopers are satisfied that we’re OK in that building,” he told KTUL, “I’m pretty sure that the legislators should have something else to worry about such as the economy or something.”
While Colbert acknowledged that some lawmakers have called to apologize about the incident, the insult will be felt for a while.
“Pretty sad day for me,” he told KTUL.
When the sheriffs entered the Senate gallery, “the sergeant at arms asked the sheriffs to take off their guns or leave the building,” the Oklahoman said. “But a state Senate official says the sheriffs were only questioned briefly before being allowed back into the Senate gallery, still wearing their service weapons.”