A bill, known as the “constitutional carry bill” has passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives in a vote of 59 to 28. Essentially the bill does what the constitution says. It allows people to arm themselves legally in almost all public spaces (except a few prescribed by law).
The bill was authored and guided by Rep. Jeff Coody, and is seen by many as a great interpretation of the constitution.
A supporter of the bill, Rep. Justin Humphrey, said:
“Would it surprise you that the majority that have committed heinous crimes either have mental health conditions or the background checks have not been followed up? We're failing on that end. We need to concentrate on that end and not hinder our law-abiding citizens.”
The bill itself does away with mandatory training, but Coody does stress that anyone who chooses to own a firearm should avail themselves of training. He said:
“My position has always been that responsible citizens will get more training that (sic) required under existing law.”
This will likely go before the Senate next week, with few people predicting any difficulties. And then it is on to the governor who has not stated any opposition so far.
Opponents have argued that now is not the time to expand gun rights, but they miss the point. We already have full gun rights permitted by the constitution, it is removing unconstitutional restrictions on gun ownership and usage that this bill seeks to do.