According to Tulsa World, a Democratic State Representative announced an effort to repeal Oklahoma’s Constitutional Carry bill on Monday, August 19, 2019.
Last legislative session, lawmakers passed House Bill 2597, Oklahoma’s Constitutional Carry bill. It was vetoed by the previous Governor Mary Fallin in 2018 but was later signed into law by Governor Kevin Stitt in 2019.
State Representative Jason Lowe is one of three advocates of a referendum petition to axe the law.
He has teamed up with gun control group Moms Demand Action to help get this imitative on the ballot.
Lowe said, “It is my sincerest belief that there are citizens among us who should not openly carry guns, especially without a permit or training.”
On February 28, 2019 Oklahoma became the 15th to pass Constitutional Carry, the idea that a law-abiding individual can carry a firearm with a permit.
Lowe claims that “This petition does not take away guns.”
He added, “This petition does not make tougher and more restrictive laws. This petition does exactly what it should and forces the Legislature to rethink our decision to rush a bill to the governor’s desk to fulfill a campaign promise.”
One of the chief organizers of this petition for a referendum, Brian T. Jones, stated that voters would decide whether to approve or reject Constitutional Carry.
Indeed, this ballot initiative is no walk in the park for the gun control crowd due to the regulations and hoops they must go through just to get enough signatures and ultimately put this question on the ballot.
Tulsa World details this:
Backers of a referendum have 90 days from the end of the legislative session in which the measure was enacted (May 31) to obtain a number of signatures equal to 5 percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election, so supporters would have only until 5 p.m. Aug. 29 to submit 59,320 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office after the petition was approved for circulation — a process that itself could take weeks.
Don Spencer, the president of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, claims that this whole petition drive is a political stunt that will fail to get enough signatures. Spencer claims to be one of the first people to draft the language for HB 2597.
Spencer declared, “It is a political stunt. I will tell you this, too. We appreciate Rep. Lowe for introducing this. It is one of the greatest generators for OK2A memberships that can take place.”
In the same vein, House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, the House author of HB 2597, stated that “I think the chances of it getting on the ballot are zero percent.”