Oklahoma Constitutional Carry Getting Close to Passage

Opinion

Oklahoma Constitutional Carry Getting Close to Passage

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- -Oklahoma Constitutional Carry, in the form of HB2597, is moving forward.

Here is part of the changes in the statutes. The Constitutional Carry law will remove the provisions of law that make it illegal to carry guns and knives for ordinary legal purposes.

A. It Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it shall be unlawful for any person to carry upon or about his or her person, or in a purse or other container belonging to the person, any pistol, revolver, shotgun or rifle whether loaded or unloaded or any blackjack, loaded cane, hand chain, metal knuckles, or any other offensive weapon, whether such weapon be concealed or unconcealed, except this section shall not prohibit:1. The proper use of guns and knives for self-defense,hunting, fishing, educational or recreational purposes;

Constitutional Carry in Oklahoma passed, with large majorities, in both houses in 2018. It was vetoed by Governor Mary Fallin.

In 2019, it has been re-introduced, has passed the House with a 70 to 30 vote, and has now passed the Senate Appropriations Committee, 18-4, with a recommendation for the full Senate to pass the bill. From ktul.com:

The vote was 18-4 in favor of the bill that says if you are over the age of 21 and NOT a convicted felon you are able to carry a firearm.

It also states that if you are over the age of 18 are an active duty member of the military or National Guard or have been honorably discharged you can also carry.

There are 48 members of the Oklahoma Senate. The Senate has 39 Republicans and 9 Democrats.  Last year, Constitutional Carry passed the Senate with a 33-8 vote. It seems likely the Senate will pass HB2597.

Governor Kevin Stitt (R) has repeatedly said he will sign the bill, with a caveat that he will ensure there are no significant changes in it, presumably, compared to last year.

Depending on who makes the count, and how Constitutional Carry is defined, there are now 14 states that have restored Second Amendment rights to an approximation of what they were when the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791.  No permits were required to carry weapons concealed or openly at that time.

Vermont has always had Constitutional Carry since 1791.

  • In 2003, Alaska passed Constitutional Carry to restore the exercise of Second Amendment rights.
  • In 2010, Arizona passed Constitutional Carry.
  • In 2011, Wyoming passed Constitutional Carry.
  • In 2013, Arkansas passed Act 746 into law. It is effectively Constitutional Carry. Some county prosecutors threaten prosecution, but it has not happened.
  • In 2015, Kansas, and Maine became Constitutional Carry club members.
  • In 2016, Idaho, Missouri, West Virginia, and Mississippi became Constitutional Carry states.
  • In 2017, New Hampshire, and North Dakota were passed Constitutional Carry.
  • In 2019, South Dakota passed Constitutional Carry.

Oklahoma is the most likely to pass Constitutional Carry next.

If Oklahoma passes Constitutional carry, 30% of the states will have restored the Second Amendment right to carry, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.

Kentucky, Alabama, Iowa, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, and Michigan all have some movement on Constitutional Carry bills.  Most bills will die in the legislative process, but one to three more states could plausibly restore  Constitutional Carry in 2019.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 20 thoughts on “Oklahoma Constitutional Carry Getting Close to Passage

    1. You think this happened all by itself or with support of state gun clubs? NO, it has been the NRA in every one of these fights. So, for all you gun carrying haters of the NRA, you’re welcome.

    2. I believe the Constitution of the United States says U.S. citizen has the right to bear arms in all 50 States and U.S. territories. Period! NO maybes, or get permission, State can pass laws but not take away any of you given rights as a American. From U.S. Vet . Have a good day.

    3. Lots of preachers, ministers, faith healers and anti-gun political groups have been haunting the halls of the Oklahoma Senate members for over a week now. They are all “worried” that all hell wil break loose and Oklahoma will become lawless like it was in the many decades before we finally became law abiding citizens, probably about 1940 or so. We were not even a state until 1907 so what do they expect? I can remember in the early 1970s still carrying a shotgun and rifle behind the seat in front of the back glass of my truck. I graduated from college in 1969 and always had a shotgun in the trunk or the dorm room, especially during duck season. I’ve had my own guns since I was ten and I have taken them everywhere and never shot or killed anyone, or even come close to it. Anyway, it could be closer than we think to being defeated in the Senate. We now have Medical Marajuana so there are questions about those folks being able to carry, too. I have called and emailed all my state legislators about supporting Constitutional Carry and spoken to a couple of them personally. What is it President Trump says, “We will see”? He is right. We will see what happens.

    4. Tennessee has always been a good gun friendly state but lately the Nashville crowd are looking for ways to take our guns away. They are working on a red flag law and other non gun friendly things. They are messing with our concealed permit system so it is hard telling what that will come out like. The weirdos that have set up camp here from hollywierd aren’t going to give us a break with constitutional carry.

    5. Oregun becomming Kommiefornia on a daily basis because all counties are out voted by two commie counties in portland and eugene.

    6. I would love to have Maryland as a CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY STATE. However, Maryland calls itself a “may issue state. In reality, Maryland is a MAY NOT ISSUE state unless you happen to have connections politically or have a business or have DOCUMENTED COURT CASE NUMBERS showing you are in IMMEDIATE DANGER of being KILLED.
      The averages Legal law abiding Marylander has VERY LITTLE chance to get a carry permit – – EVEN THOUGH IT IS A GUARANTEED RIGHT RESTATED and REAFFIRMED BY THE CONSTITUTION.

    7. Perhaps someone who has some extra time on their hands can put together a convincing report to share. The report, in my estimation, would include information regarding violent crime statistics involving firearms – by state. If there is a correlation between states with constitutional carry laws and lower rates of violence, it would be easier to convince your state representatives to vote favorably when these bills are introduced.

      If you happen to live in a communist state, however, you have an uphill battle, regardless of the data.

    8. I’d sure like to see Florida also become a Constitutional Carry State. I – like most – agree the 2A gives us all the authority we need to carry a weapon concealed or openly.

      1. Make enough noise to get rid of the hypocrisy and corruption (Northam, Herring and the Lt Gov… whatever his name is) and get the state back on sensible economic and 2A track. Shame what has happened there since the federal money-grubbing employees took over the northern Virginia voting block by focusing on emotional extremes and on me, me, me politics. Shame.

    9. If you live in Georgia it is time to let the legislature know how you feel about constitutional carry. Send every member of the house an email asking them to vote for the pending bill. I just sat up all night sending one to every Republican member and also a few of the democrats. It is time for the states to allow lawful citizens the right to defend themselves and their families in public. Paying for a permit to do what the Constitution has allowed is an insult. We have a governor in Brian Kemp throat will sign the bill if they pass it. He ran his campaign on the second amendment rights that we should be allowed to do. Tell them to make us no. 14. You can find a list of the representatives on the house website for the state of Georgia. It gives the email address for all of them.

        1. I received a Full Pardon from Idaho in 7/26/2001 and Oklahoma’s OSBI returned my CCW permit. Then in November after spending $1690.28 on two pistols the FFL kept the money and the guns. This was because of Oklahoma’s title 21 chapter 53 section 1283b wich won’t honor any pardon if the pardon was granted for crimes (listed as violent). I have since 2005 had CCW permits from Idaho and Wyoming. I hope Oklahoma’s Constitutional Carry will make my gun rights current.

    Leave a Comment 20 Comments

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *