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New certification law may affect handgun license applicants

By COREY JONES - Tulsa World Modified: July 16, 2014 at 8:59 am •  Published: July 16, 2014

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday reached out to people who have completed a firearm safety training course but have not yet applied for a handgun license because time is running out on their certifications’ validity.

State law requires that applicants for a license to carry concealed and unconcealed firearms pass an Oklahoma Self-Defense Act gun-safety course.

Prior to the enactment of House Bill 2874, which overwhelmingly gained approval from state lawmakers during the latest legislative session, no limits were placed on the life of the certification. HB 2874 will enact a three-year limit on gun class certifications. The measure goes into effect Nov. 1.

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