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Permitless carry foes appeal to Oklahoma Supreme Court

Opponents of a new law that will allow many Oklahomans to carry a firearm without a permit or training are asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to temporarily block the measure from taking effect.

Rep. Jason Lowe, D-Oklahoma City, and other critics of the permitless carry law filed an appeal with the state's high court Thursday requesting a temporary injunction to block the law from going into effect Friday.

The appeal comes after an Oklahoma County District Court judge quashed a similar request in a Wednesday hearing.

The permitless carry foes are requesting the Supreme Court preserve the status quo until there can be a full hearing on the constitutionality of the new law. They argue the permitless carry is unconstitutional because the legislation behind it violates the state's single-subject rule, which stipulates legislation may only deal with one major issue. Defenders of permitless carry have dismissed such arguments.

Oklahoma County District Court Judge Don Andrews did not rule on the single-subject provision in a court hearing Wednesday.

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Carmen Forman

Carmen Forman covers the state Capitol and governor's office for The Oklahoman. A Norman native and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she previously covered state politics in Virginia and Arizona before returning to Oklahoma. Read more ›