Can you imagine a cache of weapons lying on he hall floor in the Capitol Building, and can you imagine the blowback on Sheriffs willing to do so.
Check it out:
Yesterday, I had the Oklahoma State Senate’s side of the story about asking members of the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association to remove their weapons while inside the Senate gallery. Sheriff Colbert has a COMPLETELY different story.
Malia Bennett, Director of Communications for the Oklahoma Senate, told me personally yesterday (and see also information from her call to me this morning):
1) The Chief-of-Staff would not necessarily know that the armed Sheriffs were in the building, so when the Sgt-at-Arms realized there were armed individuals inside the Senate gallery, he (perhaps ‘they’) called them outside the Senate gallery where the Chief-of-Staff was called to sanction arms inside the chamber. The sanction was given.