Last week, the Oklahoma Legislature adjourned from its 2016 Legislative Session. In the final days of session, two important pro-gun bills were awaiting consideration by their respective conference committees and unfortunately died following adjournment.
House Joint Resolution 1009 sought to make a critical improvement to the current Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment in Oklahoma’s constitution. This measure would have provided 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.
House Bill 3098 would have allowed a law-abiding citizen to open carry a firearm on their person without the fees associated with obtaining a carry permit. HB 3098 would not have changed 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.
Thank you to NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their lawmakers as well as members of the conference committees in support of these pro-gun measures. Your NRA-ILA will continue to fight for the Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans. Remember to stay tuned to www.NRAILA.org as well as your email to stay updated.