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Proactive v Reactive: A Comparison of MS and OK Open Carry Planning
mississippigunnews.com ^ | 23 January, 2014 | RICK WARD

Posted on 01/27/2014 2:52:34 PM PST by marktwain

The State of Oklahoma passed its Open Carry Law in early 2012, one year prior to the Mississippi law. By all appearances it would seem that Oklahoma did an outstanding job in looking ahead with a proactive plan to limit challenges for the future. Sadly, Mississippi’s approach has been more reactive than proactive.

Shortly after the Oklahoma legislative session ended, law enforcement authorities began to develop plans to deal with their new open carry law. Stories began to surface as early as a month or so following the end of the session and up to the effective date of the law (November 1, 2012).

May 16, 2012, News 9 in Norman, Oklahoma

Police have already developed a training plan for officers and dispatchers on how to respond to complaints related to the new law that will be effective November 1, 2012.

October 20, 2012, KRMG Radio

Reported that the new law set to become effective on November 1st, caused Michael Konshak of Bixby Police Department to identify the need for dispatcher training. “That’s the dispatchers who are going to be taking the 911 calls for a man with a gun,” Konshak said. “It’s equally critical that law enforcement personal really understand the entire self-defense pact inside and out. We’re the one’s who are responsible for enforcing those laws.” He said it is important to see that officers and dispatchers are properly trained.

October 31, 2012. According to American City and County on the internet

“It’s unclear what effect the new law may have. Law enforcement officials expect an uptick in nervous people calling 911 to report someone with a gun, but experience from other open-carry states does not indicate an increase in shootings or threats to the public.”

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Mississippi; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: banglist; ms; ok; opencarry
Nice, informative article by Rick Ward, on implementation difference in the laws of the two states.
1 posted on 01/27/2014 2:52:34 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Thanks for the post. Oklahoma State senator Nathan Dahm will be on Piers Morgan tonight. I was going to start a thread for it, but I forgot. I will do that now.


2 posted on 01/27/2014 3:10:56 PM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: marktwain

I’ve still yet to see someone open carrying in Oklahoma.

The predictions of wild west gun fights was wrong yet again!


3 posted on 01/27/2014 3:16:48 PM PST by Doghunter
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To: Doghunter

I saw a guy at Wal Mart a few months ago. I win!!!


4 posted on 01/27/2014 3:37:45 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Doghunter

You stop by my house and you’ll see me OC’ing.


5 posted on 01/27/2014 4:09:36 PM PST by amigatec (The only change you will see in the next four years will be what's in your pocket.)
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