The Oklahoma Senate passed a constitutional carry bill on May 2. The bill was sent to Governor Mary Fallin’s desk…where it remains. The popular bill passed both the House and the Senate by veto-proof margins.
But the legislature no longer has the power to override a veto because they’ve adjourned for the year.
Currently sitting on Governor Fallin’s desk is constitutional carry legislation, Senate Bill 1212. With time running out for her to take action, it is important that you contact Governor Fallin immediately and urge her to sign this important self-defense legislation into law. …
Again, please contact Governor Mary Fallin at 405-521-2342 and strongly urge her to sign Senate Bill 1212 into law.
Anti-carry groups are engaged in heavy lobbying as well, urging the governor to veto the bill as a last ditch effort to stop the popular measure.
Fallin has about two weeks to decide whether to sign Senate Bill 1212, which would allow Oklahoma residents who are at least 21 to carry a firearm without a permit or training.
Michael McNutt, the governor’s spokesman, said Monday, “The governor’s office is receiving heavy traffic in the form of emails and calls from both sides of the issue regarding SB 1212. The governor is discussing the measure with her staff as well as reviewing input from citizens, groups, agencies and others.”
Constitutional carry refers to the state of law when the Bill of Rights was passed in 1791. Back then, no permits were required to buy, possess, or carry firearms anywhere in the United States. In states with constitutional carry these days, no permit is required for most adults to carry firearms openly or concealed. There’s been a constitutional carry resurgence in the US since 2003.
In 2003, Alaska passed the reform to restore the exercise of Second Amendment rights. After seven more years, in 2010, Arizona passed Constitutional Carry. If Governor Fallin signs SB 1212 into law, Oklahoma will be the 14th constitutional carry state in the nation.
Several other states have come close to passing constitutional carry bills of their own. Utah, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Montana and others all have legislation that has come close to passage. There will be a serious push to pass constitutional carry in Texas in 2019 during the next legislative session.
Keep your eye on Oklahoma.
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