The more recent update, the "Handgun Carry Military Exemption Act," allows residents who are currently serving in the military, Guard, or Reserves, or who were honorably discharged from the military to obtain a handgun license, if they are between the ages of 18 and 21. Previous Oklahoma state law required residents to be 21 years of age in order to receive such a license, with no exceptions. Applicants must still take a safety class with the type of pistol to be carried, and pay an application fee.
The legislature and governor’s mansion in Oklahoma are both firmly in Republican control, but it doesn’t seem that there was any opposition to the bill. It ultimately passed the Oklahoma state House99-0, and passed the state Senate46-0.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Coast Guard cutter Bertholf on a counterdrug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Trees
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf left California on January 20 for a months-long mission in the Pacific to support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the largest of the U.S. military's geographic combatant commands.
Coast Guardsmen aboard the Bertholf left Alameda on the 30th day of what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. They left a few days after not getting their first paycheck since that shutdown started and without knowing when the next will come.