OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (May 14, 2018) – Late Friday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a so-called “Constitutional Carry” bill that would have made it legal for most Oklahomans to carry a concealed firearm without a license. Passage into law would have also fostered an environment hostile to federal gun control.
Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) authored Senate Bill 1212 (SB1212). Under the proposed law, people 21 and over, along with military personnel18 and older, would have been able to legally carry a concealed firearm without a license.
Under SB1212, Oklahoma residents would have still been able to obtain a license so they can carry in states that have conceal carry reciprocity with Oklahoma.
As originally passed by the House, SB1212 simply allowed people to carry a weapon in a wildlife refuge or wildlife management area. But the House amended language authorizing permitless carry into the bill. The House passed the measure 59-28. The Senate passed SB1212 by a 33-9 vote.
In her veto message, Fallin said she supports “the right to bear arms and own a pistol, a rifle, and a shotgun,” but claimed current firearms laws are “appropriate and minimal, and serve to …
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