Oklahoma Senate passes gun bill opposed by troopers, business groups
by Rick Green
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow people to openly carry firearms without a permit and without training.
A total of 34 organizations — including the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Oklahoma State Troopers Association, universities, chambers of commerce and hospitals — sent a letter to Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman in opposition to House Bill 3098 and House Joint Resolution 1009, a proposed ballot measure intended to make it harder to regulate guns.
House Bill 3098 was approved 37-9. The joint resolution was not considered.
Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, said the bill won’t expand the places people can bring guns, but would allow non-felons over 21 to carry guns without having to go through the permitting and training process required for concealed carry.