Thursday, June 6, 2019
The 2019 Legislative Session began with a bang, with the Legislature immediately focusing its attention on passing legislation to authorize the carrying of firearms (open and concealed) without a permit in the Oklahoma. In 2018, similar legislation was passed by the Legislature, but vetoed by Gov. Fallin. With the election of Gov. Kevin Stitt (who campaigned in support of permitless carry), the Chamber worked to improve and expand the protections afforded business, event hosts, college campuses, as well as public parks and zoos to prohibit firearms and other weapons. That proved to be a successful strategy as permitless carry legislation was overwhelmingly passed by the House and Senate and, on Feb. 27, became the first bill signed into law by Gov. Stitt.
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