Oklahoma Moms Demand Action, Everytown Criticize House Passage of Multiple Dangerous Gun Bills, Including Bills That Would Significantly Weaken and Even Eliminate the Handgun Carry Permit System
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today criticized members of the House for passing a spate of dangerous gun bills yesterday.
HB 2918 would dismantle the requirement that Oklahoma residents get a permit before carrying a loaded handgun in public, allowing residents to carry guns in public without passing a background check or completing safety training.
HB 3693 would significantly weaken the concealed carry permitting system, making Oklahoma’s permit, which is currently among the strongest in the country, one of the weakest. This bill would allow certain violent criminals to carry loaded handguns in public and also enable people who are not residents of Oklahoma to obtain an Oklahoma permit.
HB 2713 would allow anyone 25 or older to carry a loaded handgun in their vehicle without a permit.
STATEMENT FROM CHRISTINE JACKSON, VOLUNTEER WITH THE OKLAHOMA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, concerned citizens around the country and here in Oklahoma have made it clear that our leaders should be focused on policies that will protect communities from gun violence. Instead, yesterday members of the House passed multiple bills that would dismantle public safety laws, including bills allowing Oklahomans to carry loaded handguns in public without a permit, a background check or safety training. We urge members of the Senate to oppose these reckless bills.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs