Not infringed: Oklahoma lawmakers approve concealed carry bill without need for permit

On a day when five Republicans joined all House Democrats in passing legislation that would require even private gun sales be subjected to government permission via a background check, lawmakers in Oklahoma took a different path.

Acting in accordance with the Second Amendment’s “shall not be infringed” clause, Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill that allows residents to carry a concealed gun without having to get a state-issued permit, The Hill reported.

The GOP-led state House voted in favor of legislation known as “constitutional carry” in a 70-30 vote, according to the Associated Press.

Under the bill, Oklahoma residents can carry a concealed gun without a permit if they are at least 21 years old or 18 years old with a military background. No firearms training course is required.

GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate passed a similar measure last year but it was vetoed by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, who said she opposed it on grounds that law enforcement would not be able to distinguish between people who have been trained to use firearms and those who have not.

However, current GOP Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to sign constitutional carry legislation, according to the AP. A similar bill has been introduced in the state Senate; the House bill contains some restrictions on where guns can be carried.

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    Democrats, of course, oppose the bill and any like it because they consider the Second Amendment to be a privilege they should get to decide, not a hard-and-fast right guaranteed by our founding document.

    But it is a right, and nowhere in the Second Amendment does it say “subject to government approval” or “only if an individual receives training.”

    Americans — and far too many conservatives — have been conditioned for years to accept the Left’s premise when it comes to enjoying our right to keep and bear arms that “reasonable restrictions” are okay.

    Any requirement that impedes an American citizen’s ability to “keep and bear arms” is unacceptable. Requiring “training” or forcing us to get a “permit” or subject ourselves to a “background check” are all measures that “infringe” upon the right.

    One could even argue that under the very specific language of the amendment there should be no restrictions whatsoever to keeping and, importantly carrying, a gun whenever and wherever we want. That includes all Americans, regardless of their history or background.

    Oklahoma lawmakers, as well as others in various states who have also recognized that “constitutional carry” is just that — a constitutional right — should be applauded for not only recognizing that but also that the infringement clause means precisely what it says.

    Any American — left, right, or center — who believes in our Constitution should support such legislation. Anyone who doesn’t should be asked point-blank: “What part of ‘shall not be infringed’ don’t you understand?”

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