A New What Now?

New Oklahoma Gun Law

Kinley Harris, Justice Thompson, Connor O'Neal, and Hunter Fuqua

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A New What Now?

Kinley Harris, Staff

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As of last Wednesday, Governor Kevin Stitts signed off on a new gun law for Oklahoma. This new law allows Oklahoma residents 21 and over to carry concealed and unconcealed firearms unless convicted of certain crimes or happen to be an illegal immigrant. Dubbed as “constitutional carry”, the law was passed with a Senate vote of 40-6 (every Republican and one Democrat representative), discarding the requirement for a permit and background check. Asking to be passed for years, this bill was vetoed by Governor Mary Fallin just last year. Citizens will be allowed to carry except for in public areas such as schools, professional sporting events, casinos, and bars. Don Spencer, an activist who has called for looser gun laws for nearly a decade, states, “I just don’t like asking government for permission to exercise a constitutional right. It’s that simple.” Many others share his opinion, while there are also others who deem it unsafe, saying that those without training will be putting society in danger. A local HWP officer speaks for both sides: “As a citizen, I have zero problems with the new law but would never open carry or want anyone to know I have a gun. A gun, in my opinion, is for my protection and my family’s protection only. People that broadcast that they have a gun just seem to be yelling, “look at me!”… Most people will not be trained and shouldn’t even have a gun. I’m for everyone carrying because good people aren’t the ones committing the crimes you see on the news.” The law will go into effect starting this Friday, November 1st.

 

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