GOVERNOR KEVIN STITT SIGNS LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY IN OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma City, Okla. (February 27, 2019) – Governor Kevin Stitt today signed House Bill 2597, which establishes “Constitutional Carry” in the state of Oklahoma.
“Oklahomans are strong supporters of the Second Amendment, and they made their voice known as I traveled across all 77 counties last year,” said Stitt. “I would like to thank Representative Jon Echols and Senator Kim David for championing this piece of legislation and for finding balance for both private property owners and our Second Amendment rights.”
HB 2597 establishes “Constitutional Carry,” allowing the concealed or unconcealed carry of firearms by any person who is at least twenty-one years of age or at least eighteen years of age and in the military, if the person is not otherwise disqualified to purchase a firearm.
Provisions in the bill include the following:
- Under the bill, you cannot carry a concealed or unconcealed handgun in public and private schools K-college, public or private sports arenas, gambling facilities, government buildings, and private businesses, unless allowed by owner.
- The bill maintains current law that you must pass a background check to purchase a gun.
- The bill maintains current law that you must disclose guns in your possession when requested by law enforcement officer.
- The bill maintains current law that those convicted with a felony cannot own or buy a gun.
- Gun owners can still obtain a license in Oklahoma, with reciprocity recognized in multiple states across the nation.
HB 2597 goes into effect November 1, 2019.