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Training highly recommended to new gun owners, despite future of HB 2597

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH)- A new House bill that would allow law abiding citizens to carry a gun without a license could also do away with a training requirement that all citizens currently must complete before being approved for a permit to carry.

House Bill 2597 was passed on a 9-2 vote last week by the House Public Safety Committee.

The bill would allow anyone in Oklahoma to carry a gun without a license.

Some local firearms instructors says even if the bill passes, it's necessary to get proper gun training.

"Training is absolutely necessary," said Matthew Moulton, an instructor with OKC Tactical.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, 18,581 people applied for a Self Defense Act License in 2018.

Officials said that means 18,581 people had to take a firearms safety and training and demonstration course.

"Right now, the SDA course is one of the only ways that they have an opportunity to learn the law," said Moulton.

As the law stands, anyone looking to get a permit-to-carry license must take the safety course before filling out an application for a license and background check.

If HB 2597 passes, officials said it could take away the training requirement.

"Training without the proper training or equipment, is a liability to yourself and others than if you're trained," said Moulton.

Moulton stressed that if the bill passes, anyone looking to carry a gun should still seek training.

"I'm hoping if they reduce the expense for permitless carry, that will prompt people to spend that money instead on good solid self-defense training," said Moulton.

Moulton said this surpasses going to a range and shooting, but specifically helps in self-defense.

"Not only do we need to develop these skills, but under a high stress situation, if you don't have those skills in place, they're not going to be there for you," said Moulton.

The bill will head to the House floor next.


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