Oklahoma looks to be ready to move another increment toward permitless or “Constitutional” carry. The Senate has already passed SB 735 on a 67-2 vote; the bill has passed the House Public Safety Committee with a “Do Pass” recommendation. If passed by the House, it will go to the Governor. It is a small increment . . .
Oklahoma has already restored the right to carry without a permit to the residents of those nine states that do not require permits to carry. Mississippi is likely to become the 10th “Constitutional” carry state any day now. Governor Bryant is likely to sign the bill into law by this Monday, the 18th of April.
Oklahoma SB 735 would extend permitless carry to people 21 or older who can show that they have both a current military ID and a valid Oklahoma drivers license or ID. From the Oklahoma legislature:
2. The person is twenty-one (21) years of age or older, is on active military or National Guard duty, regular military or National Guard reserve duty or has retired or been honorably discharged from military service and presents a valid military identification card in lieu of a handgun license. handgun license or a valid military identification card and in compliance with the provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act shall be authorized to carry such concealed or unconcealed handgun while bow hunting or fishing.
While this only affects about 10,000 people in the National Guard, it also affects almost all military retirees in Oklahoma, all active duty military, as well as those who have been honorably discharged and who have a valid military ID. I had one for a long time as a reservist; I do not know what the current requirements are for maintaining a military ID.
Oklahoma has been a prime candidate as another state to restore permitless or “Constitutional” carry to the general population. If SB 735 bill passes into law, it will have moved even closer.
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