One of the 324 laws that went into effect on Nov. 1, 2019 was House Bill 2597, which will allow constitutional or permitless carry of guns.
The Tulsa World asked Robert Jerome, a longtime instructor, about some of the questions most often asked by concealed-carry students, what people thinking about carrying need to know, and what are some important dos and don’ts.
“Based on empirical evidence, every prediction of ‘wild west’ scenarios in states with constitutional carry laws have proven to be scare tactics,” said Catherine Mortensen, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association.
Q: What exactly is the firearms law?
Q: What really changes on Nov. 1?
Q: What if I’m contacted by a police officer and I have a gun?
Q: What's the deal with crossing state lines?
Q: Where can’t I carry?
Q: Can I have my gun with me when I take my kids to school?
Q: Now that I can carry legally without a permit, can I just put my handgun in my waistband or belt or toss it on the seat of my car?
Q: Can I have just a couple of beers while carrying?
Q: Can I tell someone to leave me alone because I have a gun?
Q: Isn’t open-carry a greater deterrent to criminals than carrying concealed?
Q: What are the top 10 guns Oklahomans buy?
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House Bill 2597, which will allow people to carry a weapon without a permit or training, still faces a legal challenge but is expected to take effect Friday.
The denial by the state's highest court came after an Oklahoma County district judge on Wednesday declined to put the law on hold. It takes effect Friday.
“Kind of the same things were asked prior to concealed carry and open carry, if you remember," Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado said. "People were worried that the Wild West would reappear here in mid-America and it didn’t.
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