Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a constitutional carry bill that reached her desk last year. She said she killed the bill because constitutional carry removed the ability of law enforcement officers to distinguish between people carrying guns who had been trained and those who haven’t. No, really, she said that.
But Fallin is no longer governor. That job’s now held by Kevin Stitt. When asked during the campaign what he would do if the same bill got to his desk, he told news9.com…
“I would sign it. I am a constitutional conservative. I support the first amendment, the second amendment and I think the best defense for a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun,” said Stitt.
He may just get that chance. As the Tulsa World reports . . .
Legislation removing all licensing and training requirements for handguns moved through the Oklahoma House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon.
Billed as constitutional carry, House Bill 2597 doesn’t change where guns are allowed or, for the most part, who can carry them. It passed 70-30, with all 24 Democrats and a handful of Republicans in opposition.
A bill has been introduced in the Oklahoma Senate as well, but has yet to get a committee hearing. Here’s hoping that Governor Stitt gets to make up for Fallin’s shortsightedness and allows Oklahoma to join the club of states that fully support Second Amendment rights.