OKLAHOMA CITY – A group seeking to stop a new law that would allow people in Oklahoma to openly carry firearms without training or a background check is acknowledging they fell short of the number of signatures needed for a statewide vote on the issue.
In a court filing on Thursday, an attorney for the group estimates they gathered between 30,000 and 50,000 signatures.
They would have needed nearly 60,000 signatures from registered voters to qualify the question for the ballot.
Attorney Brian Ted Jones says one reason for the uncertainty is because supporters were dropping off signatures right up until the Aug. 29 deadline.
Led by Democratic state Rep. Jason Lowe and the gun safety group Moms Demand Action, supporters say they were prompted to act after two mass shootings last month.
In February, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed House Bill 2597 into law.
“We want to make sure that we let Oklahomans know that we are going to protect their rights to bear arms,” Stitt said.
The law allows Oklahomans who are over the age of 21 to carry a firearm without a permit. If you are in the military, you only have to be 18-years-old.
Lowe said if they fail to get the needed signatures, they will explore other options.