Constitutional carry bill passes House with mixed reactions

    "It would kind of deplete our conceal carry classes obviously."-Darion Medlock of Medlock Firearms, discussing the potential impact of HB2597 (KTUL)<p>{/p}

    With their hard-to-miss red shirts, members of Moms Demand Action made the rounds at the Capitol.

    "We dropped off 2,500 petitions today, of concerned citizens," said Christine Jackson, concerned about what could come with the passage of the "Constitutional Carry" bill.

    "People would be able to carry hidden loaded weapons in public with no training requirements, no permitting, and possibly without passing a background check if they obtain their weapons through a means where they wouldn’t have to pass one," she said.

    "There’s ups and downs to both sides," said Darion Medlock of Medlock Firearms in Collinsville.

    "It's good because people have a right to protect themselves, and it does say in the Constitution that your arms are not to be infringed," she said.

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    One of the unique things about the bill isn't all the controversy, but rather the amount of agreement shared when it comes to the importance of training.

    "I think that it is very important to be knowledgeable and have a proper shooter's etiquette and know what you’re doing with a firearm," said Medlock.

    "We feel like it’s not too much to ask for people to, that are going to be carrying loaded weapons and unlicensed, to have some training," said Jackson.

    Despite that, you'll also hear this argument for the bill: "You’re not going to keep criminals from doing what they’re going to do which is getting illegal things," said Medlock.

    Constitutional carry is making its way past round one but with an army of red ready for round two.

    "We’re talking about people’s lives, and I think that should warrant some more consideration," said Jackson.

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