Stitt signs bill to establish Constitutional Carry in Oklahoma

Stitt signs bill to establish Constitutional Carry in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed House Bill 2597 Wednesday to establish Constitutional Carry in the state. The law goes into effect Nov. 1.

According to an Associated Press report, the bill allows Oklahoma adults "to openly carry firearms without a background check or training." It applies to those at least 21 years old or 18 and in the military.

"Oklahomans are strong supporters of the Second Amendment, and they made their voice known as I traveled across all 77 counties last year," said Stitt. "I would like to thank Representative Jon Echols and Senator Kim David for championing this piece of legislation and for finding balance for both private property owners and our Second Amendment rights."

READ THE BILL: House Bill 2597

A news release from Stitt's office lists the following provisions:

  • "Under the bill, you cannot carry a concealed or unconcealed handgun in public and private schools K-college, public or private sports arenas, gambling facilities, government buildings, and private businesses, unless allowed by owner.
  • The bill maintains current law that you must pass a background check to purchase a gun.
  • The bill maintains current law that you must disclose guns in your possession when requested by law enforcement officer.
  • The bill maintains current law that those convicted with a felony cannot own or buy a gun.
  • Gun owners can still obtain a license in Oklahoma, with reciprocity recognized in multiple states across the nation."

A similar bill was passed by the legislature last year, but was vetoed by former Gov. Mary Fallin.

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