A “constitutional carry” gun law in Oklahoma took effect Friday. Also known as permitless carry, the law lets some Oklahomans carry a firearm in public without a license, Fox News reports.
Most Oklahomans 21 and older can now carry concealed or unconcealed firearms without having gone through a background check or training requirements, with exceptions for those illegally in the country or who have been convicted of certain crimes.
“When you call 911, we’re going to ask a series of questions and they’re important information for us to know,” said Chris Walker with the Broken Arrow Police Department. “If they appear to be legally carrying a firearm, the police aren’t going to come out and contact the person and violate their rights.”
Some business owners expressed concern about the new law; however, police say they do have a choice.
“Private businesses can exclude anybody at any time for any reason, any lawful reason, One of those is firearms possession. They don’t have to allow someone carrying a weapon into their business.”
The Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa has never allowed guns on its property, and that policy will remain.
“People can leave them locked up in their car, but in terms of walking around, whether it’s open or concealed, that is something we’ve never allowed on the premises,” said Jeff Martin with the museum.
Businesses that don’t allow firearms will have a sticker or sign in the window saying they are not permitted.
Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed the bill into law in February.
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