Lawmakers Jump the Gun with New Laws

Lawmakers Jump the Gun with New Laws

New gun laws introduced at the Oklahoma Capitol allow the state's residents to open-carry firearms without a permit.

Oklahoma recently introduced a new gun law allowing the state’s residents to open-carry firearms without a permit. However, regardless of the law, it is still illegal to carry a firearm on the UCO campus, unless the carrier is a police officer or has special permission. (Provided/ Pixabay).

The state of Oklahoma has introduced a new gun law that allows residents to carry their firearm openly without a permit.

Oklahoma’s gun laws currently only allow citizens to conceal carry a firearm if they possess a conceal to carry permit. For someone to conceal carry a weapon on their person it must be hidden under articles of clothing, in a purse, backpack or holster.

“We’re in favor of the Constitution, obviously, but we’re not completely sure that open carrying, more and more guns openly being carried out there on the streets necessarily makes it safer in our community,” Oklahoma City Police Chief Paco Balderrama said.

The new open carry law says that as long as the firearm is able to be seen on their person, a concealed carry permit is not necessary.

This is a new law for the state of Oklahoma, but not the University of Central Oklahoma. It is illegal to carry any firearm onto campus unless you are a police officer or have other permission from President Don Betz, according to UCO Chief of Police Jeff Harp.

There was one more gun law from Oklahoma that was brought before Congress recently. It was a bill trying to prevent those with mental disabilities from purchasing and owning any firearms.

According to an article written by the Washington Post it was an “Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.”

The Washington Post related the Sandy Hook shooter, Adam Lanza, 20, to the bill because he suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and Asperger’s syndrome.

The gun rule was searched by Sen. Charles Grassley and his statements about the bill were “the regulation unfairly stigmatizes the disabled and infringes on their constitutional right to bear arms,” and the “vague characteristics that do not fit into the federal mentally defective standard.”

The vote was backed by the Senate 57-43 and the House passed the measure earlier this year.

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