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Constitutional carry advances in Oklahoma

Conservative Review

Constitutional carry is advancing for gun owners in the state of Oklahoma.

On Wednesday, state legislators in the Oklahoma House passed a constitutional carry bill, which permits firearms owners to carry a weapon in self-defense without having to obtain a government license, KOCO News reports.

The bill was passed by a margin of 59-28 and now heads to the state Senate, though not without opposition. The Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to its members warning of the "negative economic impact" that "cannot be understated," News 9 reports.

The National Rifle Association says the Chamber is misrepresenting the bill, saying in a statement, "Constitutional carry would give the most vulnerable among us the ability to protect themselves in a time of crisis."

If the bill passes and is signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin, R, Oklahoma will become the 14th state to not require any license to carry a handgun.

The constitutional carry bill was introduced in the state legislature in response to the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland County, Florida, in February.

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