Oklahoma House committee passes 'Constitutional Carry' bill

The Oklahoma Capitol, in the early morning, on the last day of the regular legislative session on May 26, 2017 (Phil Cross KOKH)

The Oklahoma House Public Safety Committee voted to lift most gun training and licensing requirements this week.

The committee took up House Bill 2951 Wednesday, which would make it legal for residents to carry a firearm without a permit if they are over the age of 21, not a felon and not disqualified from owning a firearm under federal law.

"The Oklahoma Constitution says reasonable regulation is allowed, but I think that refers to types and calibers and who can carry," said Rep. Jeff Coody, who is sponsoring HB 2951. "But it doesn’t give the government the right to have a litmus test or a background check or require you to do anything to earn your right. It’s not a driver’s license. It’s a constitutional right."

Under current law, gun owners have to apply for a license and undergo 8 hours worth of training to carry anywhere it's not prohibited. HB 2951 would do away with those requirements.

"I’m disgusted," said Julia Phillips with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "Disappointed in our elected officials. I’m concerned."

The bill passed through committee with a 10-6 vote. It is now eligible to be heard on the House floor.

The committee also passed a bill Wednesday allowing school boards to arm teachers and requiring less training.

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