A House Democrat wants voters to decide if the state should press forward with a controversial law that will soon allow Oklahomans to carry guns without any licensing or training. State Rep. Jason Lowe, D-Oklahoma City, said if he and other gun-control supporters can collect more than 59,000 signatures by 5 p.m. Aug. 29, the state’s new so-called constitutional carry law wouldn’t be implemented until voters can decide whether to accept or reject it in 2020. The law, which takes effect in November, allows anyone at least 21 years old without a felony conviction or other criminal records to carry openly with no permitting, licensing or training. The bill does not allow people to brandish firearms nor does it change where Oklahomans can legally carry. For instance, people would still be prohibited from carrying on college campuses. Lowe said he believes the Legislature got it wrong when they decided to remove training and permitting requirements. The measure easily cleared the Republican-controlled Legislature. Lawmakers voted largely along party lines with Democrats opposing the plan. [full article]
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