Oklahoma governor signs 2 pro-gun bills into law
By Chris Eger
Gov. Fallin signed two popular bills expanding gun rights in Oklahoma. (Photo: Oklahoma Governor’s office)
Republican Gov. Mary Fallin recently signed legislation to allow some in the military to carry a handgun without a license and to grant the carry of firearms on public buses.
The carry expansion for service members, SB 35, proved very popular with lawmakers, passing the Oklahoma Senate earlier this month 46-2 and the House 85-13 in April.
“Our military men and women are highly trained in combat and how to use weapons,” said the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Kim David, R-Porter. “Requiring them to get a license to carry a handgun is redundant and an expense our Oklahoma heroes shouldn’t have to worry about.”
The language of the bill would change state law by allowing active, reserve and National Guard members in the state who are age 21 and older to use their valid military ID in place of a handgun permit. Those carrying would also need to have a valid state ID.
The legislation goes into effect Nov. 1 and complements a House bill signed by Fallin last month that will allow people as young as 18 who have served in the military to obtain a handgun license.