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New law puts time limit on concealed carry applications

LAWTON, Okla._If you don't have a concealed carry license and are planning on applying for one, a new state law could affect you.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, under the new law the state's Self-Defense Act will be changed and the certificates will expire whereas previously they did not.

Prior to this new law, Oklahomans who had completed a gun safety training course had no limit on the amount of time it took for them to apply for their actual concealed carry license. But now, people who have completed the course and have the certificate will only have three years to apply.

Kyle Wilson of Bare Arms in Elgin says so far this year, nearly 500 people have already gone through one of their concealed carry training courses. He thinks this law will give people the initiative to complete the process.

"If you are going to take the time and come out and take the classes to use your rights to be able to conceal carry, it's going to give a push to go ahead and get your license instead of putting it off," said Wilson.

Wilson says it's surprising how many people actually put off the application process and several years go by until they think about it again. He says a lot of people decide to take the class on the spur of the moment.

"They have money in their pocket to come in and take the class, then they find out there are more dues and more time. I guess time is money for some people," said Wilson.

Wilson says a lot of people think they can just come in, take the class, and then get handed their concealed carry license. But in reality, paperwork, fingerprinting and an extensive background check is involved.

"The classes are fairly laid back. They are very self explanatory. They are very to the point. Why would you take the time to do the first part if you're not going to finish up and complete the second step," said Wilson.

The new law doesn't go into effect until November 1 so if you are one of those people who's been putting it off, OSBI says you should start the application process as soon as you can. But come November, if you completed the training before November 1, 2011 but have not submitted an application then you will have to re-take the training course.

According to OSBI, almost 200,000 Oklahomans are licensed to carry some sort of firearm.


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