OK2A: Facts About SB1212

Oklahoma SB1212: Constitutional Carry / Permitless Carry

 
  1. Unless specified by law, no one is allowed to carry on a college or university campus.— no change from the current licensing law.
  2. No felons may be allowed to be in legal possession of a firearm; this is federal law.— no change from the current licensing law.
  3. No person with a domestic violence conviction may be in legal possession of a firearm.— no change from the current licensing law.
  4. Persons adjudicated with mental illness shall not be in legal possession of a firearm.— no change from the current licensing law.
  5. It does not allow carry into any area that is currently prohibited by law for a person that has a self-defense handgun license issued by the state.— no change from the current licensing law.
  6. It allows a person 21 years old or older, who can pass a federal background check and legally purchase a firearm to carry open or concealed.— no change from the current licensing law.
  7. The person in possession of a handgun must identify to a law enforcement officer during an arrest, detainment, or routine traffic stop that they are in possession of the handgun.— no change from the current licensing law.
  8. The state-issued self-defense handgun license program remains in place for persons that still wish to obtain a license for reciprocity with other states.
  9. The bill also provides law enforcement agencies to allow officers the ability to use personal long guns to carry while on the job with their agency’s permission.
Currently, there are 13 constitutional carry states that Oklahoma recognizes for reciprocity — that’s 25% of the states in the United States. Where is all the crime in these states? When a resident of one of those states comes to Oklahoma, under current Oklahoma law, a person can legally carry in Oklahoma without permission from the Oklahoma government. SB1212 simply extends that same right to Oklahoma residents without enforcing a tax to exercise a Constitutional right.
SB1212 is not a controversial gun bill — it’s a constitutional gun bill. When legislators cast a YES vote on SB1212, they are reaffirming their oath of office and restoring a Constitutional right to their constituents and to the citizens of Oklahoma.
This is a pro-poor, pro-minority, pro-women’s rights bill (domestic abuse / VPO’s). After a federal background check to purchase a firearm, it would eliminate the cost and time for fingerprinting, which is NOT a federal requirement to purchase a firearm, in addition to lengthy processing delays (2-3 months or longer) in order for a law-abiding citizen to lawfully carry their firearm for self-defense. Note: “Point, don’t shoot” law (SB40, Nov. 1, 2017) could / would assist SB1212 in non-lethal actions of self-defense with a firearm to defuse a deadly encounter. This bill is the equivalent of the poll tax which was unconstitutional and repealed because it was discriminatory. Local civic and government agencies are not we the people. One designated spokesperson does not represent the true majority opinion of those in the agency. They use taxpayer dollars to work against taxpayer’s rights.
This law (SB1212) addresses the ability to carry a firearm, not the applications of carrying a firearm. The applications of carrying a firearm do not change with a YES vote on SB1212. Criminals have not and will not submit to a federal background check to acquire a firearm. Criminals have not and will not submit to a government-mandated licensing requirement to carry a firearm. Criminals have not and will not submit to a government-mandated training course to handle and carry a firearm. Criminals do not obey laws — law-abiding citizens are the ones who obey laws.
The current SDA (Self Defense Act) law(s) only prohibits law-abiding citizens from defending themselves unless they have the money to purchase the right of self-defense.
“…shall not be infringed.”