'Constitutional Carry' bill passes Senate

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (KXII)-- A bill that would allow Oklahomans to carry a gun without a permit passed the state Senate Wednesday night.

Senate Bill 1212, dubbed the 'Constitutional Carry' bill, passed the senate 33-to-9 Wednesday night. The bill would allow anyone 21 and older- or 18 if they're in the military- to carry a gun without a license.

The National Rifle Association says every law-abiding citizen should have the right to protect themselves without government permission first.

Lone Grove resident Jason Voreis agrees.

"I think its a good idea, because all the criminals are carrying guns," Voreis said. "You know they're not being checked, you know they don't have a concealed carry permit."

However, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has publicly denounced the bill. They say it eliminates the safety training course required under current law, and hinders the vetting process of people who would carry.

They also say it would greatly hurt their budget. Right now a permit costs $100-200, making them $4.7 million a year.

"I think its ridiculous to make it that readily available for anyone," Juan Gutierrez, who works in Oklahoma, said. "You have to take classes to drive a car, get a license, drive any kind of machinery, because it's all dangerous."

If passed, the law would still abide by state and federal laws that keep felons from carrying guns. It also wouldn't change where guns aren't allowed, such as school campuses.

Voreis says classes are unnecessary.

"This is Oklahoma, everyone handles guns. I've handled guns since I was four years old," Voreis said.

But Gutierrez says Oklahoma doesn't need more lax gun laws.

"Its just unnecessary to make it that easily available, since they're already easy to access." Gutierrez said.

The law would go into effect November 1 if signed.

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