Open-carry firearms bill headed to Okla. governor

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill to allow Oklahomans who receive a concealed carry permit to openly carry holstered firearms is heading to Gov. Mary Fallin.

The Senate voted 33-10 on Thursday to approve the bill over the objections of some Democrats who say it could pose problems for law enforcement officers. The bill now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin, who has indicated her support of an open carry law. If she signs it, the bill will become effective Nov. 1.

Retired Oklahoma City police officer and Oklahoma City Democrat Sen. Al McAffrey says he's concerned that people openly carrying weapons could cause confusion for officers who arrive on the scene of a crime.

A similar open-carry bill passed a House committee on Thursday.

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Online:

Senate Bill 1733: http://is.gd/wGfjlI

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  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2012 at 08:31 AM
    The only people that would carry an open firearm are idiots looking for trouble, cause that's exactly what they're gonna get. Someone that thinks he's tough will wear one, then he'll go to sleep for good
  • by Resident Location: North Texas on May 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM
    I have not read the law in its entirety and curious if the holstering of the weapon was addressed. The type of holster I used for conceal carry has a different retention system than the one that I use for open carry. When concealed the odds of someone coming up from behind me & grabbing my weapon is slim so I use a passive retention level 1 holster. If carried open I would use a level 2 or level 3 system which actively retains the weapon lessening the chance of someone taking your weapon from you.
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2012 at 09:44 AM
    Doubt there will be many exercise this right. Mostly in rural and remote areas. Still think it's a good decision. A balance of open and concealed carriers should be a threat against the bad guys.
  • by James Location: Tville on May 13, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    When I saw this open carry law I thought "what now, a law biding citizen can already carry a gun with a permit, why do we need this"? Then I was corrected and found the majority of states have a similar law and then I thought "what is the big deal then"? Then I realized that this left wing radicals that we have in power are waging war on our rights and the free citizens (Republicans) are trying hard to hang on to our constitutional rights and scrambling to get these laws on the books to ensure our freedom. Like our freedom of speech. We are free to say what we want as long as it doesn't offend anyone. They sneak in laws that restrict our freedoms without removing them. I would say that this upcoming election has got to be one of the most important one since the late seventies when the left put us in the hole then. The protesting hippies that ruined our country are in power and it's time to take it back and get us out of the hole THEY put us in once again.
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      by Logic on May 15, 2012 at 12:14 PM in reply to James
      Then your right to carry a gun isn't threatened is it? Looks to me like the majority of states approve it. It is a states right issue, not a Federal one. It would take a majority in the Senate AND the House for Obama to get away with something close to "taking your guns away". Not gonna happen. Not even among the Blue-Dog Democrats. Not among the Dixiecrats. Hell I doubt Northern Democrats would vote for political suicide like that. And Obama knows he would fail if he tried.
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      by Joey on May 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM in reply to James
      The Hippies are in power? Really? You can't be serious. If the Hippies were in power, pot would be legal, camping in public parks to protest Wall Street excesses wouldn't be illegal, and we wouldn't start unnecessary, undeclared foreign wars. Speaking of free speech, it's sounds like you were offended by those protesting hippies exercising their free speech rights. BTW, even if there may be a few hippies that graduated to elected office, the laws you say are so necessary to pass are a reaction to laws and restrictions placed upon our gun toting rights long before any hippies came along. I mean possession of a Tommy gun was outlawed back before there were beatniks, let alone hippies. Furthermore, Obama has not proposed any additional restrictions on gun owning or gun toting. In fact, your gun toting rights (in National Parks) were expanded under Obama. What you really need to be concerned about are the GPS and audio tranmitting micro chips being planted in all our newborns courtesy of Obamacare.
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        by Logic on May 17, 2012 at 05:06 AM in reply to Joey
        I have heard of those chips. Also, because of Obamacare, all hospitals have to rub liberal juice on newborns to begin the indoctrination process...
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          by Joey on May 17, 2012 at 09:51 AM in reply to Logic
          Yea, I also heard that an Austin woman went before one of the death panels recently, but was turned away because she didn't have a picture ID. Some kind of states rights issue was involved. Ya know, you can't even receive a death sentence without one?
  • by James Location: Tville on May 11, 2012 at 08:29 PM
    I believe that several people scan these posts just to insult and carry on. They don't give their position on the issue, they just give you a hint by the nature of their insult. I looked up the open carry laws and I stand corrected, there are a lot more states than I thought (sorry). But then I tried to look up city limit restrictions, business restrictions, and so on per state and it would take some major research to record it all and a book to store it in. By the time you were done they will have changed. So I would leave that to someone else and just research the locations that I planned on traveling to before carrying a hand gun there.
  • by Business owner on May 11, 2012 at 02:36 PM
    Walk into my business carrying a firearm and you are dead before you can say "Look how tough I am".
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      by Anonymous on May 13, 2012 at 09:39 AM in reply to Business owner
      Bad attitude!!!
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      by Anonymous on May 14, 2012 at 06:29 AM in reply to Business owner
      Now who's playing "look how tough I am"?
  • by Daryn Location: Denison on May 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    James. I would encourage you to do more research on this subject. No offense but, "I don't think" holds no gravity when discussing laws that are currently in effect.
  • by Me on May 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    U people are just plain stupid this is the best law besides the CC law 42 other states have it and it works for them
  • by Gun Carrier on May 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM
    Cherish your rights while you have them! If the democrats get their way in November, Obama and Eric Holder will do everything in their power to take away your right to own guns. Please, none of you democrats even try here to dispute this......they have already acknowledged as much. It's no mystery.
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      by Logic on May 11, 2012 at 09:46 PM in reply to Gun Carrier
      I dispute this. Give quote and source. How do they propose getting this to pass the House AND Senate? What is their plan?
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        by Anonymous on May 14, 2012 at 09:23 AM in reply to Logic
        Not long ago, Obama was heard by one those "supposed-to-be-closed-microphones" telling a Russian diplomat to convey to Putin that after the election he could a lot of things he can't do now..........
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          by Logic on May 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM in reply to
          So you extrapolate from that statement, which is political true, a specific attack on a particular constitutional right that would have to be overridden by a majority in the House and the Senate? You guys see Black Helicopters everywhere you go don't you? And his statement does not support the claim that Democrats have acknowledged they will take away gun rights. Still waiting on a specific statement, by Obama, that he intends to attempt to get the House and Senate to pass a law to take your guns away...
  • by Dillon Location: all across OK on May 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM
    Not just anyone can carry a open gun if this bill passes, you will still have to take course and background checks through OSBI and FBI, and be fingerprinted and so on. I have had my CCL for several years and carry a gun on me at all times, yes Logic even Walmart. It will not make a difference if it passes or not I will carry a gun either way.
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      by Anonymous on May 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM in reply to Dillon
      You are right Dillon but Anti-gun people fail to look at or admit the whole picture and the benefits of gun ownership. I hope no one gets attacked, but if it has to happen, hopefully it will be some of these democrat fanatics - maybe they will change their tune then!
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