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Self Defense Act: Applications on the rise for concealed weapon licenses(OK)
news-star.com ^ | 26 August, 2012 | Kimberly Morava

Posted on 08/26/2012 11:51:57 AM PDT by marktwain

SHAWNEE, Okla. —

Applications for those seeking a concealed weapon license through Oklahoma’s Self Defense Act appear to be on the rise in Pottawatomie County. And when the law changes Nov. 1, those with licenses also can choose to openly carry their weapons.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation processes SDA applications and keeps statistics by year. In 2011, the OSBI approved 24,018 SDA permits statewide and denied 975 applications. For those in Pottawatomie County, 442 licenses were approved in 2011.

If statistics being tallied by the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office so far in 2012 keep at the current pace, the number of permits here will be much higher this year.

It’s estimated from sheriff’s office records that more than 300 applications have been made so far this year; it can take about 90 days from the time of application to final approval.

Changes will take effect on the concealed carry gun law Nov. 1 that will allow those who are licensed, or already have been licensed, to openly carry a weapon if they choose. And while some believe the increase is because of open carry, many said obtaining a permit is still about protecting themselves.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: banglist; ccw; ok; opencarry
People follow a progression as they become more comfortable with firearms. First, they go to the target range, or maybe hunting. Then, they get a concealed carry permit. Maybe they get politicaly active. Then, as they become more comfortable with carrying a firearm, they are willing to open carry and openly exercise their constitutionaly protected rights.
1 posted on 08/26/2012 11:52:09 AM PDT by marktwain
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