Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 22, 2017
Governor signs gun legislation for military
Gov. Fallin recently signed legislation to allow certain
military members to carry a handgun without a handgun license. Sen.
Kim David is the author of Senate Bill 35 and says military members’
extensive training with weapons makes the requirement of having
a gun license unnecessary.
“Our military men and women are highly trained in combat and
how to use weapons. Requiring them to get a license to carry a handgun
is redundant and an expense our Oklahoma heroes shouldn’t
have to worry about,” said David, R-Porter. “I want
to thank my colleagues and Gov. Fallin for supporting this important
measure and respecting the training and knowledge of these brave
men and women.”
SB 35 modifies the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act by allowing active
military members and those who are in the Reserves or National Guard
who are 21 years of age or older to be able to present a valid military
identification card in place of a handgun license. Individuals must
also have in their possession a valid Oklahoma driver license or
an Oklahoma state photo ID card at all times when carrying an authorized
The new bill goes into effect November 1, 2017.
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