Gun Permitting As A Revenue Stream And State Jobs Program

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 7 months ago

News From Oklahoma:

The Oklahoma House Thursday overwhelmingly adopted legislation that would permit gun owners to carry their weapons openly without a state-issued license.

House members voted 73-15 for House Bill 3098, the so-called “constitutional open carry” measure, and sent it to the state Senate for debate and a vote.

The measure’s author, Republican Rep. Jeff Coody of Grandfield, said it is similar to open carry laws in more than 30 other states and would allow gun owners to exercise their Second Amendment right to carry firearms openly, such is in a holster, without having to comply with existing state government licensing requirements.

Coody said persons who want to carry a concealed weapon would still be required to obtain a state permit.

“It’s the ultimate freedom bill regarding open carry,” Coody said. Coody and other supporters said citizens who are qualified to own a handgun should not be required to ask the government for permission and pay a fee to openly carry it.

“It’s our God-given right to defend our self,” said Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw.

But opponents said it would have serious financial consequences for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which administers firearms licenses issued under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act.

A fiscal analysis performed for the House indicates the measure would reduce OSBI’s revenue by at least $6 million and would lead to the loss of jobs and reduced operating expenses at the agency.

The reduction in revenue would be because firearms owners would no longer seek concealed carry licenses – which cost $100 for initial 5-year license and $200 for 10 years – if they could carry a gun openly without a license. There are now more than 238,300 Oklahomans with active licenses to carry handguns, according to state figures.

Seldom do you see it in such stark words.  Recognizing God-given rights will lead to the rejection of state-granted rights, thus leading to less power by the state, and fewer jobs at the feeding trough of public wealth.  Therefore, the statists are against recognizing God-given rights.

So there you have it.  I believe some of these grievances are similar to those that were enumerated by the colonists against King George.  Yes, now that I think about it, I’m sure of it.  “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

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  1. On March 16, 2016 at 8:54 am, Fred said:

    TN failed to pass Constitutional Carry out of committee on the house side again this year. The financial workup indicated 10 percent of current permit holders would not seek renewal. This, the bill indicated, would reduce revenue by a mil plus over several years. I got an email from a legislative assistant telling me that the statist Sherry Jones had pulled the legislation for review, effectively killing it (again this year). If you live in TN you could contact Ms. Jones and let her know (politely, it is the south after all) what you think about this. I did not call or reply. I was pretty mad. I prayed and decided that I might just sound like an angry gun nut. so I wait, powder dry.

    rep.sherry.jones@capitol.tn.gov 615-741-2035

    My request;
    “I urge the approval and passage of HB1748 without amendment. Self Defense is a Natural Right of God and a Civil Right under law.”

    Simple, easy-peezy right? Wrong.

    Here is the email reply:
    Good morning,
    Thank you for your email. Rep. Jones had pulled this legislation and is reviewing it.
    Thanks,
    Ashley Peters
    Legislative Executive Assistant
    to Representative Sherry Jones
    26 Legislative Plaza
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Office: 615.741.2035

  2. On March 16, 2016 at 9:20 pm, UNCLEELMO said:

    Roger Hedgecock used to tell the story of San Diego’s attempt to require licensing of cats. He said it wasn’t about cats, per se, it was about creating a new city bureaucracy, complete with a new set of city employees.
    Full disclosure: I live in California, which has a Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation.

  3. On March 16, 2016 at 9:47 pm, Fred said:

    I recently read that in Canada they must register their cats and pay a fee.

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