Lawmaker explains reasoning behind bill to lower age for constitutional carry in Oklahoma

Lawmaker explains reasoning behind bill to lower age for constitutional carry in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Sen. Nathan Dahm recently filed a bill that would lower the age of people who can openly carry a gun in Oklahoma to 18. Advocates against gun violence said Dahm’s proposal to lower the state’s constitutional carry age from 21 to 18 is a huge mistake. Dahm told KOCO 5 the bill is about protecting their constitutional rights, saying they should have the right to carry a firearm if they also have the right to vote. But some feel 18 is still too young. "I think it’s dangerous legislation. It doesn’t create a better Oklahoma. It makes a more dangerous Oklahoma," said Cacky Poarch, a volunteer with the group Moms Demand Action. Moms Demand Action opposed constitutional carry in Oklahoma before it was signed into law in 2019. Now, the group’s eyes are set on Senate Bill 1093, which would allow anyone 18 or older to carry a firearm openly or concealed. "Young people don’t always have the best judgment," Poarch said. "There is a reason that you actually can’t even buy alcohol until you’re 21. And now, we’re going to make it easier to buy guns for a young person? I want 18-year-olds to vote. I don’t want 18-year-olds to buy liquor. I don’t want 18-year-olds to have unfettered access to guns." But Dahm said his bill aims to protect the Second Amendment. "Right now, the state of Oklahoma is infringing upon the right of 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds to be able to keep […]

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