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With Oklahoma's legislative session just weeks away, senators are proposing changes to gun laws

Posted: 9:48 PM, Jan 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-07 23:12:26-05
Oklahoma senators propose changes to gun laws

TULSA, Okla. -- — Oklahoma lawmakers tell 2 Works for You the second amendment is always one of the biggest topics going into a session.

After pushing similar bills for many years, one senator is hoping to pass constitutional carry, allowing anyone who legally owns a gun to have it in public.

"Every single legislator when we get sworn in we swear an oath to uphold the constitution. The second amendment says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. It's the one we're infringing upon the most and it's the one that's the most costly," District 33 Senator Nathan Dahm said.

Some concealed carry instructors said they don't believe new legislation would make a big difference, and that the current rules for a license are working.

"There are two sides to the coin. I understand constitutional carry, I understand that should be our right. I've got that. But also from the law enforcement side I understand there needs to be some training, because there are a lot of decisions for that moment in time," 2A Shooting instructor Robert Jerome said.

Another senator is pushing for clarifications under current concealed carry law, making it easier for military members under the age of 21 to own a pistol.

"I lean really heavily when it comes to gun policy on my local law enforcement. I really do believe that they understand better than anyone what's responsible in gun ownership. Local law enforcement for the most part, I can't speak for everyone, but they're okay with responsible gun ownership," District 34 Senator J.J. Dossett said.

These conversations are ramping up after concealed carry came into the limelight over the last year: first when a shooter was killed by an air force guardsman at the Oklahoma City Louie's, and again when gunfire broke out at a Tulsa Walgreens.

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