Okla. lawmakers advance open-carry of firearms

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Despite some concern that Oklahoma is returning to the "lawless days of yesteryear," a state House panel has approved a bill to allow gun permit holders to openly carry firearms.

The House Public Safety Committee voted 13-2 on Wednesday for the bill that allows those with a concealed carry permit to openly carry their weapons. It now proceeds to the full House.

Former Highway Patrol trooper and Democratic state Rep. Paul Roan of Tishomingo voted against the bill, saying he sees it as a return to the "lawless days of yesteryear" and poses safety concerns for police.

Former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry vetoed an open carry bill two years ago, but Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has said she supports a responsible open carry bill.

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

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 04:38 AM
    Are there those out there who think this law requires the guns to be carried openly? The big thing is that there should be no law either way! Carry if you wish. Concealed or open. Use at your own descretion and suffer the consequences! No brainer. Too much focus on law. I've been carrying concealed for 30 yrs. No permit. Who cares?
  • by Bob Johnson Location: Ardmore on Mar 1, 2012 at 02:20 PM
    I think this is actually pretty usefull. As a legal concealed carry permit holder I think that this is helpful for those very few times i have to bend down or reach up far enough that my pistol becomes exposed in public. At least with open carry i don't have to be worried about getting into trouble if someone sees my gun. I doubt many people will walk around with their gun in the open.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 01:18 PM
    If your weapon is visible, what will you do when you forget about it and carry it into a place that is prohibited?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 01:11 PM
    If I were a criminal with a gun, and I wanted to commit a crime. I would shoot the person who I knew had a gun first. Then I would have two guns.
  • by Goodson Location: Madill on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:36 AM
    There are so many people out there that need to be killed I'm wondering if we will be protected from the legal hassles and lawsuits that will happen if you have to use it. This could be a ploy by the legislature to increase business for trial lawyers and prevent prison overcrowding. I, mean what else have they ever done to actually help us without padding their pockets?
  • by Ex-cop Location: Durant on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:33 AM
    I never liked the way criminals looked at my weapon when I was dealing with them in uniform and on duty. It tipped me off many times as to what they were thinking. Civilians don't have the training they need to prevent them from becoming a victim of their own weapon. I would much rather have the element of surprise on my side. And then there is the problem of the mentally ill we have running around everywhere, they would not hesitate to go for your gun and are surprisingly strong, I have wrestled them enough to know they are a real threat. I vote definitely yes for guns, but concealed.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:02 AM
    paul roan is the same idiot that just tried to do away with the state department of ems. how did he get elected?
  • by K Location: Ardmore on Mar 1, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    I thought the point of a "concealed" carry permit was that it was "concealed" and you were the only one that knew you had it. The only concern I have is if the gun is out in the open who is to say that someone won't take it of your hip and use it for bad? I mean before they were kinda safe since you were the one that knew you have it. Now it will be right there in sight for the taking.
  • by Stephen on Mar 1, 2012 at 06:31 AM
    Thats great news. The crime rate would drop in half if criminals knew more people were carrying guns
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 06:23 AM
    Although I agree with open carry in principle, Police Officers carry openly and some are killed with their own weapon. I fear this would be more common with civilian open carry. The bad guy won't be deterred by seeing your weapon, but it will allow him to plan his strategy accordingly. I think I will continue to carry concealed. There is no point in attracting attention to yourself....
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