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Proposed bill wouldn't require license to carry

Posted: 6:43 PM, Dec 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-11 23:05:12-05

It’s a bill that would allow Oklahomans to carry a gun without a license.

For the second year in a row, State Senator Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow is introducing a bill that would make Oklahoma a constitutional carry state, where any legal gun owner could conceal carry. Governor Mary Fallin vetoed the bill earlier this year.

"People should have that opportunity to be able to defend themselves without having to go and get the government’s permission first," State Senator Dahm said. "Especially with a right that’s enshrined in our constitution."

In the eight-hour course currently required for gun owners to get their concealed carry license, students learn proper firearm usage, as well as the laws detailing when they can and can’t use their gun in public.

Experts say constitutional carry is a split issue. This is because on one end, requiring licenses can be seen as an infringement on a constitutional right, but the required training that comes with it is considered vital.

"It would be more of a danger to the person actually concealing the firearm than it would be to anyone else," 2A Shooting Center General Manager Eric Fuson said.

State Senator Nathan Dahm says he urges anyone with a gun to seek out proper training, which would still be available even if the bill passes.

 

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