Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed out of Committee, Headed to Senate Floor

April 8, 2016

This week, three important pro-gun bills were passed out of their assigned committee and are now eligible for final consideration by the Oklahoma Senate. While they have not yet been scheduled for a vote, they could be considered as early as next week. Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Senator and politely urge them to support House Bill 2637, House Bill 3098, and House Joint Resolution 1009.

Under current Oklahoma law, it is only legal for Oklahomans to hunt with a suppressor as long as they are on private property with permission from the landowner. In recent years, the use of suppressors has seen significant growth as more shooters and sportsmen learn of their benefits. HB 2637 would revise current law and allow Oklahomans the freedom to hunt with suppressors on both public and private land.

House Bill 3098, sponsored by state Representative Jeff Coody (R-63), would allow for the open carry of a handgun without having to obtain a permit. This bill would allow a law-abiding citizen to open carry a firearm on their person without the fees associated with obtaining a carry permit. HB 3098 does nothing to change the current permitting process in the state of Oklahoma for those individuals who still prefer to conceal carry a firearm and receive reciprocity in other states.

House Joint Resolution 1009 makes a critical improvement to the current Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment in Oklahoma’s constitution. This is a measure that provides the strongest possible protection for your gun rights, guaranteeing in the state constitution your Right to Keep and Bear Arms against any infringements or restrictions for you and future generations of Oklahomans. All proposed restrictions to any of your fundamental rights should be subject to a standard that ensures the strongest possible protection for that right, especially your Second Amendment rights.

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