OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A Judge in Oklahoma County on Wednesday, after hearing arguments from both sides of the controversial topic, denied a request asking for an injunction on Oklahoma’s Constitutional Carry Law.
State Rep. Jason Lowe, Oklahoma City-97 (D), filed a lawsuit regarding the law, saying the bill was unconstitutional because it violated a rule that laws have to be about one topic.
The judge, Oklahoma County District Judge Don Andrews, determined that the law is constitutional and does not violate the single-subject rule and denied the injunction. With that determination Oklahoma’s Constitutional Carry law will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1.
“We are disappointed, but we knew this would be a long process. We knew that this was going to be a long fight and eventually would go to the Supreme Court. Our intent is to file an appeal tomorrow morning,” Lowe said.
Oklahoma’s Attorney General Mike Hunter released a statement saying, “We are pleased Judge Andrews ruled in our favor and did not grant a preliminary injunction, which will allow this law to go into effect on Nov. 1, My office is proud to defend the constitutional carry law against a political attack by plaintiffs who were unable to succeed at the legislature, unable to persuade voters in the referendum process and now seeking to overturn a duly enacted law with meritless claims and scare tactics.”
This past summer, Lowe and other opponents to the law ran a signature campaign but didn’t gather enough signatures by the deadline.