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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today criticized members of the Senate for passing SB 1212, which would eliminate the requirement that residents of Oklahoma get a permit before carrying a loaded handgun in public. Under SB 1212, it would be legal for Oklahomans to carry loaded handguns in public with no permit and without passing a background check or completing gun safety training.
In Oklahoma right now, someone with a lengthy misdemeanor criminal record, or someone who has been convicted of violent crimes such as assault, cannot get a permit to carry a handgun in public. But under permitless carry proposals, it would be easy for these people, and other people with dangerous histories, to carry loaded handguns in public. More information about the impact of permitless carry policies – including an association with increases in firearm violence – is available here.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard – a Republican and longtime NRA member – vetoed a similar bill last year, stating “It is paramount that our state protect the rights of our citizens while at the same time protecting the lives of our citizens. I believe our current laws appropriately protect both interests…”
STATEMENT FROM ALYSON KING, VOLUNTEER WITH THE OKLAHOMA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Oklahoma’s strong permitting standards help keep our communities safe. Permitless carry is an incredibly dangerous policy that will make it easier for people with violent histories to be armed in public. Make no mistake about it, today the politicians who supported this bill voted against public safety. We urge Gov. Mary Fallin to do right by Oklahomans and veto this bill.”
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