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Democratic legislator seeks permitless carry repeal

A Democratic state representative from Oklahoma City seeks to repeal Oklahoma's controversial permitless carry law that took effect last year. 

Rep. Jason Lowe, D-Oklahoma City, who tried to prevent permitless carry from taking effect, filed legislation to repeal the law that allows most Oklahomans to carry a firearm without a permit. 

The legislation faces unfavorable odds in Oklahoma's Republican-controlled Legislature where majorities in both the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved of permitless carry last year. 

The Legislature also passed similar legislation in 2018, which was vetoed by then-Gov. Mary Fallin

House Bill 3357 would repeal the permitless carry law dubbed by supporters as "constitutional carry."

“There is no doubt in my mind that if people got to vote on whether firearm safety training should be necessary to carry a firearm in public, where our children are, permitless carry would not be the law,” Lowe said in a statement. “This legislation is a product of the hundreds of conversations I have had personally with Oklahomans who don’t want irresponsible gun owners to carry firearms in public.”

Last year, Lowe and several groups sought a statewide vote on the permitless carry law, but fell short of the required signatures to put the question on the ballot. 

Lowe also filed a bill to ban long guns from Oklahoma restaurants. 

The bills will be up for consideration during the legislative session that starts Feb. 3. 



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Second Amendment supporters rally at the state Capitol to celebrate the permitless carry law taking effect. Friday, November 1, 2019. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

Second Amendment supporters rally at the state Capitol to celebrate the permitless carry law taking effect. Friday, November 1, 2019. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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