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Okla. state senator’s ‘Piers Morgan Act’ allows open carry without license

By Jessica Chasmar

The Washington Times

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Republican state senator in Oklahoma took a swipe at CNN host Piers Morgan by filing pro-gun legislation in Oklahoma that he named after the vocal gun-control advocate.

Sen. Nathan Dahm filed Senate Bill 1473, or the "Piers Morgan Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms Without Infringement Act, in order to allow adult citizens to openly carry without a license, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

"The Second Amendment says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and yet when we require our citizens to jump through hoops, pay fees and undergo a process that presumes they're guilty of something until proven otherwise, their rights are being infringed upon," Mr. Dahm said in a press release. "Senate Bill 1473 simply says Oklahomans can carry firearms in all the places currently allowed by law, but they will no longer be required to obtain a license to do so."

Gun-free zones on public properties would still be off-limits, should the bill pass, the affiliate reported. The proposal has been passed on to the state's Senate Public Safety Committee.

Mr. Morgan responded on Twitter by inviting the Republican to defend his legislation on air.

"Unbelievable," he tweeted. "Hi Senator @NathanDahm - come on my show and debate your new 'Piers Morgan Act'. If you have the guts."

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