OKLAHOMA CITY — Anyone 18 or older could openly carry a firearm in Oklahoma without a gun license under a bill overwhelmingly approved in the state Senate.
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 36-8 on Tuesday for the bill by Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, over the objections of several members who argued the bill had too few restrictions.
“Slowly over time people have come to view the right to bear arms a privilege. It was so important to the founders, it was number two out of 22 of the proposed amendments,” Russell said.
Russell said his bill doesn’t require a permit or gun safety class because such provisions cost hundreds of dollars and discriminates against those who can’t afford them.