Oklahoma Lawmaker Urges House To Hear Bounty Hunter Bill

Thursday, August 4th 2011, 5:57 pm
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY -- A state lawmaker is pushing the Bounty Hunter Bill.

Senator Ralph Shortey said Senate Bill 805 would close a loophole allowing bounty hunters to carry guns in Oklahoma.

"This bill passed unanimously in the Senate and was approved by the House Public Safety Committee. Unfortunately, it was never heard on the House floor," said Shortey, R-Oklahoma City. "I hope recent events and public outcry will convince the House to take up this bill when the session reconvenes in February."

This comes just one day after Midwest City police say the Bounty Boys admitted terrorizing a metro family and then leaving after realizing they had the wrong man.

According to the Midwest City Police Department, the victims reported that the bounty hunters who go by the name of "The Bounty Boys" forced their way into the family's home. The parents were taken to a separate room while their children, ages 3, 12 and 14, were detained in another part of the home.

"I cannot imagine how frightened those parents and their children must have been," Shortey said. "Whatever the reason for not hearing my bill, I hope that my colleagues in the House will pay close attention to this incident and act quickly to approve SB 805 next session."

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