Skip to comments.Oklahoma Lawmakers Move Toward Open Carry Of Guns
Posted on 09/23/2011 6:53:33 AM PDT by marktwain
OKLAHOMA CITY If Oklahoma becomes an open-carry state, people will be able to carry a gun on display for everyone to see. It's an issue state lawmakers are setting their sights on once again.
A group of lawmakers is studying the idea before pulling the trigger on a new law.
The study included both law enforcement officials and gun industry leaders. It was an opportunity for lawmakers to learn more about the pros and cons of allowing Oklahoma to become an open carry state. Supporters are hopeful that this time around a law will be signed.
Paul Isenberg is a proud gun owner and has had a concealed carry permit for several years.
"I think [an open carry law] would stop a whole lot more problems than it would create," Isenberg said.
Isenberg said he doesn't see anything wrong with Oklahoma becoming an open carry state.
"I think if a bad guy sees a gun on you, he's not going to want any part of you," Isenberg said.
Tuesday, at the State Capitol, representatives met to discuss the issue despite previous attempts that failed to create a new law.
Last year, an open carry law passed the House and Senate, but was rejected by then Governor Brad Henry. If new legislation hits the floor, Governor Fallin may likely support it.
In a statement to News 9, the governor's office said in part, "Governor Fallin is generally supportive of the concept of open carry."
"When it comes to politicians and the politics of guns in general, I'll never say anything is a sure deal until they sign it," said Miles Hall, owner of H&H Gun Range.
Hall was part of Tuesday's study with lawmakers. He said he prefers concealed carry over open carry, but does not object to the proposal. Those against the idea argue that allowing more gun rights will increase crime, but Isenberg said he doesn't see it that way.
"I think it would stop a whole lot more problems than it would create," Isenberg said.
State Rep. Mark McCullough requested the open-carry study. He was unavailable for comment Tuesday. There is no word on if or when a new bill will be called for votes.
According to OpenCarry.org, Oklahoma is one of seven states where open carry laws are completely restricted or banned.
Sure. Open carry proudly declares that a citizen is exercising his Constitutional rights, that the power of the state is limited, and that he retains a measure of independence of the state. Everyone can easily see and understand these things.
Open carry is opposed because it contradicts the "Progressive" meme that exercising your Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is a shameful, neanderthal activity which prevents the state from properly "caring" for you.
Open carry directly challenges the world view of the statists.
Hmm, well said.
On a personal note: It’s interesting how a free man’s mind works, versus that of a coddled and brainwashed drone. I noticed this not long ago when I moved into a rural setting where rattlesnakes are a problem, and bought a little .38 and snakeshot ammo to tuck in my pocket when I’m out and about. It dawned on me some time later than I was breaking the law by stepping off my property with that gun in my pocket.
Here I was, taking responsibility for my own safety like free men do. No one else nearby, a danger only to slithering vermin. But by merely walking down the road to the mailbox, or hiking down to the lake to do a little fishing, I’m breaking the law.
Yup, free men are a threat to the statists. We don’t think like we’re supposed to.
I would like the option of either. I can't believe Texas has not been able to get this law passed.
Open carry (((ping))).