OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Brad Henry has vetoed legislation that
would have allowed Oklahomans to wear handguns in public view.
Henry vetoed the measure on Friday. The governor also vetoed
legislation that would have prohibited Oklahoma from following the
new federal health care law and authorized the Legislature to file
a lawsuit over the issue.
The governor says he vetoed the open carry bill over safety
concerns cited by law enforcement.
Proponents of open carry laws claim criminals will be
discouraged from committing lawless acts if other citizens are
publicly displaying their weapons on the street.
But Henry says law enforcement officials disagree. He says
openly carrying weapons makes it more difficult for officers to
determine the difference between criminals and law-abiding citizens
at a crime scene or domestic disturbance.