Yesterday the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a constitutional carry bill, SB 1212, 59-28. The measure had already passed the Senate unanimously in March but as a bill removing wildlife refuges as gun free zones.
Opponents made the same arguments against constitutional carry heard in all the other states where it’s now law. From kfor.com:
Other critics say constitutional carry would put law enforcement at risk, but the bill’s author says that shouldn’t be put above a citizen’s right.
“I do not support the rights of law enforcement to feel not threatened or safe to the detriment of my own constitutional rights,” said Rep. Jeff Coody, the bill’s author.
After amended, the bill then passed the House 59-28 . Now the amended bill moves back to the Senate for approval.
What do gun enthusiasts think?
Mike, a member of the Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association, says he sat in on the House debate at the Capitol.
“It will allow people in Oklahoma to have a gun to protect themselves without putting themselves in jeopardy and without going through the entire permit process and paying close to $300,” Mike said.
The bill was amended in the House, cleaning up some language, and amending the bill into a constitutional carry bill. This will require another vote in the Senate before going to the governor’s desk.
Assuming passage in the Senate and Governor Mary Fallin’s signature, Oklahoma will become the 14th state to pass constitutional carry.
Constitutional carry refers to the state of law when the Bill of Rights was passed in 1791. At that time, no permits were required to buy, possess, or carry firearms in the United States. In states with constitutional carry, no permit is required for non-prohibited adults to carry firearms openly or concealed in most public places.
Vermont has always been a constitutional carry state. In 2003, Alaska passed the reform to restore the exercise of Second Amendment rights. In 2010, Arizona enacted constitutional carry. In 2011 it was Wyoming and Arkansas did it in 2013. Kansas, Maine, Idaho, Missouri, West Virginia, Mississippi, New Hampshire and North Dakota round out the constitutional carry club.
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