Oklahoma State Senator Greg Treat wants to strengthen gun rights with a ballot initiative that would change the current gun rights statement in the state constitution to one that is … well, see for yourself:
Here’s the current language in the Oklahoma Constitution, Article II, Section 26, written in 1907:
â€śThe right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited; but nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons.â€ť
The proposed constitutional amendment would allow voters to change Section 26 to read:
â€śThe fundamental right of each individual citizen to keep and to bear (that is, to carry) arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or, including handguns, rifles, shotguns, knives, nonlethal defensive weapons and other arms in common use, as well as ammunition and the components of arms and ammunition, for security, self-defense, lawful hunting and recreation, in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally lawfully summoned, or for any other legitimate purpose shall never not [sic] be prohibited; but nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons infringed. Any regulation of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.â€ť
Well, that’s clear as mud. And, “…shall never not be prohibited…”? I suspect a typo either in the article linked, or from Treat’s office itself. This isn’t much better: “…but nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons infringed…”.
While I applaud the spirit of the idea, I hope Treat let’s a good copy editor have a crack at the final wording, both for grammar and for clarity. Frankly though, aside from listing weapons and ways to employ them, I don’t see much improvement. Besides, the state is still granted the power to regulate — particularly of the most important right of all; carrying a weapon on your person when outside the home.
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