Permitless carry bill passes Oklahoma House

Permitless carry bill passes Oklahoma House

Gun Rights

Guns OKLAHOMA CITY — A bill allowing for permitless carry in Oklahoma has passed the House floor. House Bill 2597 passed the Oklahoma House on Wednesday afternoon by a vote of 70 to 30. If signed into law, it would allow Oklahoma residents to carry firearms without a permit, background checks, or training so long as they met legal requirements and were over 21-years-old or 18-years-old for veterans. “This bill deals with the lawful carrying of a firearm by restoring the second amendment right to a peaceful law abiding citizen that should not have been taken away,” said Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore. Backers of the bill stressed training would not required, but it does not stop anyone from seeking training. “This is a yes-no vote, do you Oklahomans deserve the same rights that we afford states? Other citizens that visit our state from Kansas, from Missouri, from Arkansas — or one of the other 15 states that allows constitutional carry?” Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City said. The bill did not come without concerns or questions from opponents on the House floor Wednesday. “Explain to me how it is a good idea that law enforcement officer who have been trained get caught up in cross fire on their own and putting guns in hands of individuals who haven’t been trained is a good idea? Please explain that to me,” questioned Rep. Collin Walke, D-Oklahoma City. In response, Rep. West stated “I fall back to what the Constitution says. The Constitution […]

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