Okla. Senate next stop for open carry gun bill

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahomans who obtain a concealed carry permit would be allowed to carry their firearms openly under a bill that has passed the Oklahoma House.

The measure passed Wednesday on an 85-9 vote and now heads to a Senate committee for a hearing. The bill is expected to be approved in the Senate and signed by Gov. Mary Fallin, who has said she supports a responsible open carry bill.

The Legislature approved an open carry bill two years ago, but it was vetoed by former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry.

The bill by Bartlesville Republican Rep. Steve Martin keeps in place a ban on carrying weapons in certain places, like government buildings, schools and sporting events.



House Bill 2522: http://is.gd/35S1t7

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  • by Bea Location: Mayberry on Mar 22, 2012 at 09:20 AM
    Well guess we will see more murders of young men carrying bags of skittles...
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      by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM in reply to Bea
  • by Rick Location: Stillwater on Mar 9, 2012 at 03:31 PM
    Most states already have some type of open carry law. Oklahoma is only catching up to the times. Hasn't been a problem in any other state. Become educated on the issue before making stupid comment. Opencarry.org
  • by RTi Location: downtown on Mar 9, 2012 at 02:51 PM
    Overall, I think open carry is a great idea. At least for mature, responsible, law abiding citizens. There will be a percentage of folks that will let it go to their heads and abuse this right via intimidation and threats. On the flip side, there will be some thugs out there that will see someone carrying as a challenge and possibly attack them. I'm interested to see how things turn out.
  • by wyatt on Mar 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM
    Ole west here we come! I can't wait for gun fights at high noon.
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      by ike on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM in reply to wyatt
      You, the Doc, Virgil and Morgan can find us at the corral...........
  • by Clyde on Mar 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM
    If I were an armed criminal who was going to rob a business, I would shoot the person with the visible gun, or take their weapon at gunpoint before robbing the establishment. Then I would have two guns. Concealed is much better.
  • by Jack on Mar 9, 2012 at 09:50 AM
    I don't care about this as long as business owners are allowed to control whether or not they allow open carry on their property. However, I think that most people who will open carry are more interested in intimidating others than self-defense. Although, I would considering wearing one myself if I started jogging again. That way maybe dumb rednecks would think twice before throwing something at me or trying to run me down.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 at 05:01 AM in reply to Jack
      If you are intimidated, you choose to be intimidated. Why the assumption that someone "wants" to imtimidate others? Intimidation is a choice only you can make.
  • by Logic on Mar 9, 2012 at 08:35 AM
    I'm gonna buy a leg holster. Look like Snake Plisken in Escape from New York! Get an eyepatch. Maybe they can bring back swinging saloon doors!!! Get some boots with spurs. Trenchcoat. Walk in a bar and order a shot of red-eye!
  • by flip Location: oklahoma on Mar 9, 2012 at 08:20 AM
    All the problems this state is facing and our state officials are debating over open carry. Maybe there will be duals on sunday afternoon for all the nuts who will carry a gun openly. Hopefully you wont be around one of these nuts when he goes postal, but if you are the cops wont be able to tell who is who until maybe after the shoot out. LMAO
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      by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM in reply to flip
      You are totally incompetent, fool. The nuts who "go postal" are the ones who will never submit to (or maybe even pass) a background. Nor will they bother to get registered even if they could pass a background check. I am quite sure we will never have to worry about you having a permit.
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        by flip on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:27 PM in reply to
        And if everybody has a gun straped to their hip, how do you know who does and does not have a permit? Who submits to checks anymore. Do you really think only law abiding citizens will carry open? I am quite sure you will carry open if for no other reason than to try to intimidate someone.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:35 AM
    Look at the picture next to the story. Where is this lady supposed to conceal a weapon? If you have more pictures of this model and her gun, please share them so I can better inform myself on the issue.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:21 AM
    Police officers carry their weapons openly and some are killed with their gun. Most civilians are not equipped to handle that threat. The bad guy will not be deterred at the sight of your weapon, but will simply plan his attack accordingly. I, for one, will continue to carry concealed. There is no good point in attracting attention to yourself and your weapon.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 08:28 AM in reply to
      You have no idea how a criminal will act at the sight of an armed victim. Some might try to grab it, others would decide they'd rather find someone they think is unarmed. In one survey that I've read, fifty-six percent of the felons surveyed agreed that "A criminal is not going to mess around with a victim he knows is armed with a gun." If you don't believe in open carry, you are not forced to do so. However, don't try to restrict the choices that others make because you don't like it.
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