The “Piers Morgan Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms Without Infringement Act,” proposedby State Senator Nathan Dahm, would allow citizens over the age of 18 to openly carry loaded or unloaded guns without the need for a license. The bill would include military or law enforcement functions, practice or performance for entertainment purposes, and lawful self-defense situations.
If passed, the legislation would not have an impact on gun-free zones such as schools and government offices.
Dahm stated in a press release,
The Second Amendment says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and yet when we require our citizens to jump through hoops, pay fees and undergo a process that presumes they're guilty of something until proven otherwise, their rights are being infringed upon.
Senate Bill 1473 simply says Oklahomans can carry firearms in all the places currently allowed by law, but they will no longer be required to obtain a license to do so.
Responding to concerns that the law would increase gun violence, Dahm asserted, “I’m not concerned about it. They said the same thing ... when we passed open carry. There was going to be a wild west — there was going to be blood in the streets, and we haven’t seen that happen.”
According to Doug Friesen, an Oklahoma gun law attorney, current laws hurt Oklahomans who do not have the financial ability to pay for classes and licensing:
Some of our most vulnerable citizens are left without the means to protect themselves outside of their home. That, I think is a tragedy.
It affects many of our lowest social economic groups, which quite frankly probably live in areas where they need it the most. Human predators are just like animal predators. They seek out the weakest, the ones least able to defend themselves.
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