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Monday, March 4, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Second Amendment (gun + flag)Now that Oklahoma's new Republican governor has signed a bill making it legal for state residents to be able to openly carry guns without background checks or training, they will be able to pack heat and protect themselves very soon.

Dubbed "constitutional carry" by its supporters, the bill was vetoed last year by Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Ok.), who cited opposition from business leaders and law enforcement.

However, the Sooner State’s new Republican governor, Kevin Stitt, held a ceremonial bill signing just hours after the state Senate approved it by a vote of 40–6.

All Republicans in the chamber voted yes on the bill, which will take effect later this fall on November 1.

Stitt endorsed the plan on the campaign trail, when he told supporters that he was looking forward to signing it.

Gun Owners of America Legislative Counsel Mike Hammond is pleased that Oklahoma will be in good company once the bill goes into effect.

"Oklahoma is now the 16th state in the nation – following closely behind South Dakota – that will allow you to exercise your right to defend yourself, your family, your community … without getting the government's permission to do so,” Hammond stressed. “So, we [will] now have 16 constitutional carry states that don't require a permit in order for you to carry a concealed firearm to defend yourself."

Hammond pointed out that new governors across the nation have made the difference for gun owners.

"The thing about both South Dakota and Oklahoma is that they had passed constitutional carry in the past, but they'd been vetoed by anti-gun governors who now – in both cases – have been replaced," the gun advocate noted.

Hammond is also excited that North Carolina, Georgia and Texas could soon pass similar legislation supporting their residents’ Second Amendment rights to openly carry without burdensome restrictions.

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