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Another petition filed to repeal Oklahoma's permitless carry law

Another effort to repeal permitless carry in Oklahoma is underway. 

State Rep. Jason Lowe, D-Oklahoma City, and other advocacy groups filed an initiative petition Monday in hopes of allowing voters to overturn the state’s permitless carry law, which went into effect Nov. 1. 

“We are not trying to take away people’s guns… What we are trying to do is require a permit and training,” Lowe said at a press conference. “We trust the voters in the state of Oklahoma to make this decision, not the politicians at the Capitol.” 

Lowe and other supporters, which includes the group Moms Demand Action, pointed to incidents like recent shootings at Penn Square Mall, saying they believe most people in Oklahoma are not in favor of individuals carrying firearms without a permit or training. 

The groups tried unsuccessfully last year to repeal permitless carry. 

Roughly 95,000 signatures would need to be collected within 90 days for the petition to make it onto a future ballot, Lowe said. 

Don Spencer, president of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, said his group will watch the petition closely and could potentially challenge it. 

“We find it amusing that a legislator that does not own a gun or had a gun in his hand or fired a gun would be working so hard to make sure peaceful law-abiding citizens could not carry a firearm,” Spencer said. 

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Kayla Branch covers county government and poverty for The Oklahoman. Branch is a native Oklahoman and graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She joined The Oklahoman staff in April 2019. Read more ›

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