By: Teresa Mull
Oklahoma has officially joined the growing list of states honoring Constitutional Carry.
…[HB 2597] passed the Senate on a 40-6 vote with every Republican and one Democrat voting in favor. It already sailed through the GOP-controlled House.
The bill, which becomes effective Nov. 1, would allow most residents 21 and older to carry concealed or unconcealed firearms without a license. Exceptions would include anyone in the country illegally or those convicted of certain crimes. Firearms would still be prohibited in certain locations, including public buildings, schools, professional sporting events, casinos and bars.
Currently, those wishing to carry a firearm in public must apply for a license that includes a state background check and completion of a training course.
"The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) is thrilled Oklahoma has joined the growing list of states restoring the Constitutional right to carry a firearm," Ryan Flugaur, political director of NAGR, told Gunpowder Magazine. "This life-saving measure signed by Governor Stitt will ensure no law-abiding citizen will be forced to beg for government permission or pay a fee simply to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense. Special thanks to pro-gun State Senator Nathan Dahm, and to our members and supporter across Oklahoma for making this happen!”
Just last month, South Dakota became the 13th state to pass Constitutional Carry. And now Kentucky is following closely on the heels of Oklahoma.
Kentucky lawmakers are one step closer to passing a bill which would allow people to conceal carry a gun without a permit.
The measure, backed by the National Rifle Association, passed a House committee 12-8.
Senate Bill 150 looks to allow people 21 and older to carry the concealed firearm in the same places people with a concealed carry license can have their guns.
National Association for Gun Rights Political Director Ryan Flugaur witnessed Gov. Kevin Stitt sign Constitutional Carry into law in Oklahoma.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.