Constitutional carry bill passes out of committee

Constitutional carry bill passes out of committee

OKLAHOMA CITY – The House
Public Safety Committee advanced House Bill 2597 Thursday morning. The bill was
presented by Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, who said the bill promotes
constitutional carry for citizens who are not felons, adjudicated with mental illness
or have domestic violence convictions.

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The committee gave a do pass recommendation with a vote of 9-2.

“I’m pleased that the Public Safety Committee voted today to
support the Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans across the state,” Roberts
said. “Law-abiding citizens should have the ability to exercise their
constitutional right to carry firearms without government interference.”

Roberts also said the bill prohibits illegal aliens from
possessing firearms and allows for continued restriction of firearms where
carry is already prohibited. Fifteen states have similar constitutional carry
legislation. The state-issued Self Defense Handgun License program would remain
in place for persons that still wish to obtain a license to carry in other
states for reciprocity with other states.

HB2597 was authored by nine other representatives, including
Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City; Rep. Garry Mize, R-Guthrie; Rep. Denise
Crosswhite Hader, R-Piedmont; Rep. Tammy Townley, R-Ardmore; Rep. Kevin
McDugle, R-Broken Arrow; Rep. Jim Olsen, R-Roland; Rep. Tom Gann, R-Inola; Rep.
Kevin West, R-Moore; and Rep. Jay Steagall, R-Yukon.

“It was a team effort to get this bill through committee,”
Roberts said. “I’m thankful to my fellow authors for their willingness to
address this important issue head on and for their hard work to ensure this
bill becomes law.”

The bill is expected to be heard on the House floor in the
following weeks.

Constitutional carry legislation has also been filed in the
Senate by Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow. A similar bill passed the
Legislature last year before being vetoed by then-Gov. Mary Fallin.

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