Is Oklahoma going to be the next Constitutional Carry state?
On February 7, 2019, Constitutional Carry bill HB 2579 was voted out of the Oklahoma House Public Safety Committee. Oklahoma’s Constitutional Carry bill allows for the unlicensed carry of a handgun. HB 2579 removes the mandatory training requirement and bureaucratic hoops that an individual must undertake to carry a handgun. Despite lifting mandatory training and licensing requirements, Oklahoma’s concealed carry licensing system still remains intact for individuals who want to carry out of state.
Just a few weeks ago, South Dakota became the 14th Constitutional Carry state. Oklahoma is now on pace to becoming the 15th Constitutional Carry state. Last year, Oklahoma Constitutional Carry nearly became law after both houses of the Oklahoma State Legislature passed Constitutional Carry. Sadly, gun owners got their hopes dashed when former Governor Mary Fallin vetoed it.
However, Governor Kevin Stitt has gone on record in favor of signing Constitutional Carry into law. On the campaign trail, Stitt said he would have signed Oklahoma’s past Constitutional Carry bill:
I would sign it. I am a constitutional conservative. I support the first amendment, the second amendment and I think the best defense for a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.
With Constitutional Carry moving quickly out of the Oklahoma House, gun owners expect it to receive Stitt’s signature.
Constitutional Carry is one of the hottest pro-liberty fights across the nation. Since Arizona signed Constitutional Carry in 2010, states ranging from Kansas to Maine have adopted Constitutional Carry.
The loosening of firearm carry laws is part of a larger movement decades in the making. Starting with concealed carry licenses, gun owners gradually worked to increase carry freedom across the nation. In present times, all 50 states allow for some variation of licensed carry. Research from John Lott estimates that there are approximately 17.25 million concealed weapons license holders in the United States.
Now gun owners are going the extra mile by removing the mandatory licensing requirement for firearm carry. When the federal government lags in restoring gun rights, there are plenty of other opportunities to leave their mark at the state level.
Let’s hope Governor Stitt does right by signing Constitutional Carry into law.
Flashback: Ann Coulter Warns Steve Bannon about Donald Trump’s Hires During 2016
Coulter tells it like it is.
Earlier this week, former White House adviser Steve Bannon reached out to President Donald Trump, in an apparent move to reconcile with the president. Bannon was one of the more renowned advisors in the Trump administration who received a lot of attention for his unconventional views. The former White House adviser is likely looking for Trump to pardon him for several federal criminal charges that he is currently facing.
Bannon was one of the strongest contrarian voices on the right who questioned traditional conservative dogma on free trade and immigration. His rise to prominence represented a raw, populist anger that was building within the Republican Party base. Bannon ended up leaving the Trump administration after the infamous Charlottesville rally. This left a massive void for populist voices within the Trump brain trust, which was never adequately filled with populist figures.
Most of the strong populist voices during the Trump era came from the outside. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has been one of the leading figures trying to steer populist discourse in America.Although a harsh critic, Coulter did her best to hold President Trump accountable and watch his every move, especially personnel decisions that did not align with his America first vision. To the average pro-Trump individual, Coulter’s criticism may come off as abrasive, but it was and still is necessary to have a viable nationalist movement.
As a reminder to her followers about how she knew that there were subversive elements in the Trump administration who wanted to gut the president’s America First agenda and pursue more traditional Republican policies, she tweeted about email correspondence she had with Bannon dating back to December 2, 2016. In light of the rapprochement between Bannon and Trump, Coulter called attention to how she warned the former White House adviser about some of the latter’s questionable staffing decisions during the early stages of his presidency.
Coulter tweeted, “No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election. My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon:”
No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election.
My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon: pic.twitter.com/38hGPNUqqN
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 14, 2021
In an email sent on December 2, 2016 with a subject line titled “ghost of christmas future”, Coulter warned then-White House adviser Bannon about some of Trump’s hiring decisions.
She first noted that “the fact that Trump is even CONSIDERING rep. Mccaul (rubio in the house) for homeland — and is NOT considering kobach— tells me we’re not getting any major deportations, no removal of refugees, no e-verify, no end to end anchor babies… and trump will be dead.
also, “mad dog” isn’t going to build a wall.”
She was referring to Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, a known mass migration booster and a potential nominee for the head of the Department of Homeland Security. United States Marine Corps General James Matthis would be Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, who ended up turning out to be a Deep State hack. On the other hand, Kris Kobach is a nationally recognized immigration hawk, who gained fame for implementing some of the stiffest voter ID standards in the nation during his time as Secretary of State.
The Trump administration was successful in implementing several administrative changes that limited immigration and also did not get involved in any nation-building engagements like previous administrations.
Nevertheless, Coulter’s incisive suggestions still have use for future Republican administrations. The new GOP should follow Coulter’s pro-migration restriction suggestions if it wants to not only remain politically relevant, but also protect the integrity of America’s political system.
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