- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 27, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Latest on a bill that would allow Oklahoma residents to openly carry firearms without a background check or training (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Oklahoma residents will soon be able to openly carry guns without background checks or training after the state’s new Republican governor signed a bill legalizing it.

Gov. Kevin Stitt held a ceremonial bill signing Wednesday, just hours after the state Senate approved it 40-6. All Republicans in the chamber voted yes on the bill.

The bill takes effect Nov. 1.



Stitt endorsed the plan on the campaign trail and had said he was looking forward to signing it.

Dubbed “constitutional carry” by its supporters, the bill was vetoed last year by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin , who cited opposition from business leaders and law enforcement.

National Rifle Association numbers show at least 14 states have approved some version of permitless carry, most recently South Dakota .

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3 p.m.

Oklahoma residents will be able to openly carry firearms without a background check or training under a bill given final legislative approval that’s expected to be the first signed into law by the new Republican governor.

Dubbed “constitutional carry” by its supporters, the bill passed the Senate 40-6 on Wednesday with all Republicans voting in favor.

Gov. Kevin Stitt endorsed the plan on the campaign trail and says he’s looking forward to signing it.

The bill was vetoed last year by GOP Gov. Mary Fallin , who cited opposition from business leaders and law enforcement.

According to the National Rifle Association, at least 14 states have approved some version of permitless carry, most recently South Dakota , where it was the first bill signed by new Republican Gov. Kristi Noem.

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