Oklahoma Becomes 15th State to Allow Gun Ownership Without License or Permit

Oklahoma residents will soon no longer need a license to carry a handgun.

The “constitutional carry” bill does away with the need for licenses, background checks, and mandatory training for gun owners in Oklahoma, had no problem getting the necessary votes in the state’s House of Representatives, with a vote of 70-30 and had even greater swiftness getting passed in the state’s Senate, with a vote of 40-6.

It was then signed into law on Feb 27 by new Republican Governor Kevin Stitt, and will come into effect on Nov. 1, WFAA reported

Under the new law, anyone 21 and over has the right to carry a gun without a license. Those 18 or older can also carry a gun if they are in the U.S. military. Business and private property owners still have the right to restrict firearms. Public policy will still restrict firearms at certain locations like schools, casinos, bars, sporting events, and such, according to Koco News 5 and WFAA.

A felony conviction will also still remove the right of a person to own a gun, and certain firearms sales situations will require a background check, Koco News 5 reported.

More modifications to the law could take place before it goes into effect in November. A bill is going through the legislature now that would restrict open carry in zoos and some parks, but would allow concealed carry, Koco News 5 reported…

n a video on constitutional carry, Gun Owners of America executive director Erich Pratt talked about the significance of legislation such as this in states across the country.

“It basically protects the right of law-abiding Americans to carry a firearm without getting permission from the government. We exercise other rights without getting permission—freedom of speech, freedom to petition—these are things that we don’t need to get permission,” Pratt said. “Well, in the same way, law-abiding citizens shouldn’t have to prove their innocence in order to protect themselves.”…

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