On Wednesday, February 28, 2019, Oklahoma became the 15th Constitutional Carry state with Governor Kevin Stitt’s signing of House Bill 2597.
By signing HB 2597, Oklahoma now joins Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Vermont as the only states in the country that treat the Second Amendment as an individual’s carry permit.
Two attempts were all that Oklahoma needed to restore gun rights. Previous Governor Mary Fallin vetoed Constitutional Carry against the Oklahoma state legislature’s will.
Following Constitutional Carry’s disappointing demise in 2018, Stitt campaigned on making it a point to sign Constitutional Carry into law and he delivered accordingly.
However, Stitt had plenty of support on the ground.
State Senator Natham Dahm has been a fervent Constitutional Carry champion in the Oklahoma legislature over the past few years.
Dahm made his constitutionalist views clear:
“The core function of government should be protecting fundamental rights.”
The Senator then commented:
“It is encouraging to see the Legislature pass bills that restore our rights.”
With gun control gaining a second wind in state legislatures across the nation following the Las Vegas shooting, Oklahoma’s decision to restore gun rights is a welcome development.
Not all is doom and gloom in the United States.
There are plenty of fights like Constitutional Carry where liberty-lovers can make a difference.
The U.S. has a federalist system for a reason. Our states legislatures and municipalities are where we can get good policies implemented when the federal government lags behind.
The battle to restore gun rights starts locally. There is no reason for us to remain on the sidelines any longer.
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