On February 27, 2019, Republican Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma signed a dangerous permitless carry bill into law. Starting on November 1, 2019, Oklahomans will be allowed to carry loaded guns in public without obtaining a permit or undergoing any type of background check or training. Unscreened individuals will be allowed to carry openly and concealed, cthe safety of citizens and law enforcement alike.
Days later, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty denounced the new law at a press conference. “Saying that [permitless carry] makes communities safer, that’s a pretty tired and old statement, as far as I’m concerned,” he told the media. “That’s not the case. We should be going the other direction and be more responsible about who we have carrying guns in this country.”
Chief Citty predicted an increase in aggravated assaults, homicides, suicides, and “accidental” shootings once the law takes effect. He explained that law enforcement officers are constantly dealing with citizens in crisis who are at risk of violent behavior. “We’ve put people in jail, and we’ve prosecuted them, that are good people and been good people all their lives that carried a gun and got upset and angry about something and shot somebody and killed them,” he said. It makes no sense, he said, to add to that problem by allowing people to carry guns in public “regardless of how responsible they are.”
Please contact Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty through one of the channels below and give him the following message, personalized to your liking:
Chief Citty, thank you so much for speaking out against Oklahoma’s new permitless carry law. I find it outrageous that legislators are dedicating their time and energy to passing reckless legislation that makes the public space more dangerous for citizens and law enforcement officers alike. I so appreciated your public remarks on March 1, 2019 when you discussed the gun violence problem in calm and thoughtful way. Not everyone who does harm with a gun is “evil,” as you pointed out. Many shooters are good people in crisis with immediate access to firearms. Please keep speaking up and speaking truth. I am standing behind you and will help amplify your voice. And thank you for the work you and your officers do every day to prevent gun violence.
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