Gun control proponents in Oklahoma are attempting to gut Oklahoma’s Constitutional Carry law via ballot initiative.
Last year they failed to get a repeal on the ballot, and now they’re renewing their efforts yet again.
Constitutional Carry allows law-abiding Oklahomans to carry a firearm without having to beg the government for permission.
State Representative Jason Lowe said he and other constitutional carry opponents filed another ballot initiative on February 3, 2020 to repeal the pro-Second Amendment law.
The state question again aims for the abolition of the Constitutional Carry law that allows law-abiding Oklahomans 21 years or older to carry a gun without having to obtain a license.
Lowe claimed that supporters must collect 95,000 signatures in 90 days to get the measure on the ballot. Lowe said that the goal is to get the question on November’s ballot.
Lowe contended that he’s received concerns from Oklahomans from all over the political spectrum since Governor Kevin Stitt signed the bill into law last year.
“[They’re] indicating that they feel this law is dangerous, that it’s a ticking time bomb,” Lowe stated.
Last year, gun-controllers, such as Lowe, banded together to lead a ballot initiative which would have given voters the opportunity to reject this law. This initiative failed to collect enough signatures.
Lowe also failed in his effort to sue the Republican governor in a futile attempt to stop the November 1, 2019 enactment of this law.
Lowe believes the third time will do the trick.
“I feel like the momentum is there,” Lowe stated. “Everyone is ready and fired up to get this done.”
Don Spencer, president of the Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association, which sponsored the Constitutional Carry bill, said he’s not shocked that there’s such an “aggressive effort” to destroy gun rights in Oklahoma.
“We just find it amusing that a legislator that has never owned, fired or even held in their hand a firearm, [would] work so hard to make sure peaceful, law-abiding citizens cannot carry a firearm,” Spencer said.
In Spencer’s view, there will always be “idiot” people who will commit crimes regardless of the law.
“For the most part, I don’t think you’re going to see anything different than what you’re seeing before,” Spencer commented.
Spencer said that it will be another year before an update of the state’s crime statistics are published.
Those numbers will ultimately provide a barometer of how well the law is working, he noted.