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Judge denies request for injunction to halt Oklahoma's permitless carry law

Lowe files legislation concerning firearms and public safety
Posted at 4:55 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 17:55:23-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — After hearing arguments from both sides of the controversial topic, a judge in Oklahoma County on Wednesday denied a request asking for an injunction on Oklahoma's permitless carry law, according to KOCO.

The law will allow people to carry a gun without a permit or any training. Rep. Jason Lowe filed a lawsuit regarding the law, saying the bill is unconstitutional because it violates a rule that laws have to be about one topic.

The judge determined that the law is constitutional and does not violate the single-subject rule. With the request for an injunction being denied, Oklahoma's permitless carry law will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1.

During the summer, Lowe and other activists ran a signature campaign but didn't gather enough signatures by the deadline.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt responded to the challenge, saying an injunction would "undermine the fundamental right to keep and bear arms.” The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association defends the new permitless carry law, saying Lowe's lawsuit was a hail Mary attempt to stop constitutional carry.

"But it's still going to go into effect on November the first, and we're still going to be ready to celebrate getting our rights back," said Don Spencer, president of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter released the following statement about the judge's ruling:

"We are pleased Judge Andrews ruled in our favor and did not grant a preliminary injunction, which will allow this law to go into effect on Nov. 1. My office is proud to defend the constitutional carry law against a political attack by plaintiffs who were unable to succeed at the legislature, unable to persuade voters in the referendum process and now seeking to overturn a duly enacted law with meritless claims and scare tactics."

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