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Slowly But Surely

25 Mar

Oklahoma is catching on! “Oklahoma may allow students to carry guns,” an article on CNN which caught my eye, though it has its limitations.

People with specialized firearms training, such as military personnel, would be allowed to carry concealed weapons on Oklahoma’s college campuses….

Introduced by Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, the law would authorize active-duty military and National Guard and reserve personnel, honorably discharged veterans and others with firearms training certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education who hold a state concealed weapons license to carry guns on college and university campuses.

The legislation is more narrow than Murphy’s original proposal, which would have allowed anyone at least 21 years old with concealed handgun carrying rights to carry weapons on campus. That version was similar to a Utah law. (Go Utah!!!)

Supporters argued that the measure would make college campuses safer by putting guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens.

Rep. Colby Schwartz, R-Yukon, said someone with a concealed weapon might be the only person in a classroom who can protect himself and others from an attacking gunman.

“When seconds matter the police are just minutes away,” said Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs.

“The concealed carry law is about 12 years old. It’s worked out very well,” Murphey said. He said more than 60,000 Oklahomans are licensed to carry concealed weapons, and there has been no widespread gun violence in the state….

Of course, the bill has its detractors and nay-sayers – those who can’t look at raw data and understand that armed law abiding citizens are not a threat to society.

My only problem with the bill is that only “active-duty military and National Guard and reserve personnel, honorably discharged veterans and others with firearms training certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education” would be able to carry, even though they may posses a permit. But it’s good ground to have gained. Come on, Oklahoma! This is a step in the right direction.

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Posted by on March 25, 2008 in Guns, Politics

 

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