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Okla. bill would prohibit open, permitless carry of assault firearms in cities with 100k+ people

Posted at 10:32 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 23:33:08-05

TULSA, Okla. — Among the 2,000 bills legislators will consider, this year, one of them will decide whether Oklahomans should be prohibited from carrying certain weapons.

House Bill 2945 would make it illegal to carry assault-style rifles in cities with more than 100,000 residents. Representative Monroe Nichols authored the bill.

“For me, it's really about public safety and public comfort. It's a quality of life issue. Folks without a permit cannot open-carry weapons that can kill 60 people in 60 seconds."

The bill has mixed feedback.

Jason Perryman, Manager of 2A Shooting Center, says, "I will be the first to admit there are some places I do agree we shouldn't be carrying firearms. Most of the time, it'll be someplace where alcohol is consumed, concert venues."

Nichols says mass shootings that have happened in highly populated areas show why the bill should pass.

Perryman says, “You're trying to control somebody's second amendment rights."

There are a few other gun bills on the table. One would make it illegal to have a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Another would allow concealed-carry license holders to carry on public campuses.

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