Oklahoma Residents Can Legally Carry a Gun Without a Permit Now

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Leslie Nessmith, center, of Edmond, Okla., attends a rally at the state Capitol to mark the start of a new law that allows most adults in Oklahoma to carry a firearm in public without a background check or training, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gun rights advocates are celebrating the start of a new law that allows most adults in Oklahoma to carry a firearm in public without a background check or training.

Daniel Burton, right, of Oklahoma City, and other gun rights advocates attend a rally at the state Capitol to mark the start of a new law that allows most adults in Oklahoma to carry a firearm in public without a background check or training, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

More than 100 people rallied outside the state Capitol on Friday, the first day the law took effect.

An Oklahoma County judge and the state Supreme Court this week rejected Oklahoma City Democratic Rep. Jason Lowe’s requests to put the so-called “permitless carry” law on hold.

Gun advocates attend a rally at the state Capitol to mark the start of a new law that allows most adults in Oklahoma to carry a firearm in public without a background check or training, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Supporters dubbed this type of law “constitutional carry.” Republican Gov. Kevin Still signed the bill that allows most adults to carry firearms, concealed or openly.

Exceptions would include anyone in the country illegally or those convicted of certain crimes. Firearms would still be prohibited in public buildings, schools, professional sporting events, casinos and bars.

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