Oklahoma legislators have recently passed a bill (HB-2139) that would allow teachers to carry concealed firearms on campus. As you can imagine it's caused quite a controversy on both sides of the argument.
H.B. 2139 was passed by the House (79-20) along party lines and will now head to the Oklahoma Senate for consideration. The bill would allow Oklahoma school teachers with a current CCW permit to carry guns.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OK. TEACHERS CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPONS BELOW
Currently, teachers must have an armed security guard license or be a reserve peace officer in order to carry a firearm onto school property. The bill if passed would add a valid CCW (concealed carry weapons) permit.
Those who oppose the bill state that it would make schools less safe. They also take issue with the state's current CCW training and licensing saying the training required for a CCW permit isn't enough or sufficient.
Watch the video below for more information about HB-2139 and the changes it makes
Nowhere in the bill does it make the carrying of a firearm mandatory, it's an option for those teachers who wish to and are in possession of a valid Oklahoma CCW permit. So it would be left up to the individual.
Within minutes, maybe even seconds after the House passed the bill all the usual hypothetical, hysterical, nightmare, unwarranted doomsday predictions started and have been echoed non-stop ever since.
SO WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? TAKE THE QUICK POLL BELOW
You know what I'm talking about, people saying things like "If this passes our schools will become even more unsafe and a wild west bloodbath." Of course, this type of panic-driven rhetoric is completely unfounded.
Personally, I hope the bill passes. It's obvious at least to me that the whole "gun-free zone" thing isn't working and it never has. As a matter of fact "gun-free zones" are among the most dangerous places in the U.S.
Top 10 most popular carry guns in Oklahoma
Check out the top 10 most popular carry guns in the Sooner State. While there are a wide variety of firearms and calibers to choose from for everyday carry (EDC) the handguns listed below are among the most purchased and widely used personal and home defense weapons in Oklahoma. These models and brands account for the majority of gun sales in the state and are among the most popular choices for EDC or home defense weapons (HDW). If you're looking for a quality reliable EDC/HDW these are all solid picks. Which by default makes them the most popular. WARNING: Seek proper training and instruction on firearm safety rules and the practice of safe gun handling skills prior to the loading and carrying and/or shortage of a firearm. The time to learn what to do and how to do it isn't when your safety and life depend on it. BE SAFE!
Top 10 safest towns & cities in Oklahoma
These 10 Oklahoma towns and cities have been ranked and named as the safest in the entire Sooner State. If you're looking for someplace to move, retire or visit and are worried about crime, these are the safest places. They have some of the lowest crime rates in the state, some have the lowest in the Nation according to FBI crime statistics
and the most recent survey report from safewise.com
. Most of the cities and towns that made the top 10 safest places this year are located in the southwest central portion of the state. One town made it to the very top of the list at #1 for its 4th consecutive year, that's quite an accomplishment!
25 hilarious Oklahoma personalized tags DENIED by the DMV
A great way to personalize your vehicle is with a custom license plate. There are some pretty creative and funny tags running around the Sooner State. Some are easy to get, others will have you scratching your head trying to figure it out what it says. Personalized plates are very popular and we're seeing more of them on the road every day. However, there are some rules and restrictions when it comes to what you can and can't put on your plate. If it's considered obscene, vulgar, demeaning, or includes any mention of drugs, alcohol, or illegal activities it will be DENIED. Check out the photo gallery below of some of the most hilarious tags that were rejected by the Oklahoma Department of Motor Vehicles. WARNING: some of these could be considered offensive so if you're easily offended proceed with caution. You have been officially warned.
New Oklahoma Laws That Went Into Effect In 2022
Another year, another bunch of new laws to learn. Most of them have little to no impact on the average citizen, the rest are so subtle in bureaucratic wording, they aren't important enough to even mention. Here are the notable new laws that went into effect in 2022.