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State Rep. Jason Lowe files legislation concerning firearms and public safety

Posted at 1:02 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 14:02:35-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — According to Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus, State Rep. Jason Lowe has filled two pieces of legislation focused on making public spaces safer for Oklahoma.

House Bill 3357 would repeal last year’s permitless carry legislation, officials say.

"There is no doubt in my mind that if people got to vote on whether firearm safety training should be necessary to carry a firearm in public, where our children are, permitless carry would not be the law,” Lowe said. “This legislation is a product of the hundreds of conversations I have had personally with Oklahomans who don’t want irresponsible gun owners to carry firearms in public.”

Officials say the House Bill 3897 would ban long-barrel firearms from Oklahoma restaurants.

"The business owners I have spoken with don’t like being drug into this highly controversial issue,” Lowe said. “When we told store owners that they could decide who could and couldn’t carry in their place of business, we forced them to pick sides and alienate customers. Our government should make laws that help small businesses not hurt them.”

While public safety is the most important, a byproduct of Lowe’s legislation would be a fix to an unintended consequence caused by the passage of permitless carry.

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