Friday, January 20, 2012
Will Open Carry Finally Pass in OK?
by: Burt Mummolo
43 states have some sort of open carry law, but Oklahoma isn't one of them; until, perhaps, maybe, later this year.
"I think the state is ready to address this issue," said Oklahoma state senator Steve Russell's bill would require people to be 21 years of age or older, to properly holster and display the weapon, and to abide by restrictions at private establishments.
"A nation that can not trust its law abiding citizens to bear fire arms is not a free nation," he said.
"I wear my empty holster openly on a daily basis," said Scott Hannaford, his holster a campaign sign for open carry. One of his main arguments for it?
"If a potential perpetrator sees a target and then catches a second glimpse and they have a openly displayed firearm, they're gonna think twice," he said.
Maybe, but at 2A Shooting Center, even though the right to bear arms is obviously supported....
"I'm very much pro second amendment," said Eric Fuson. That doesn't mean he's clamoring to openly carry.
"Personally I wouldn't choose to carry a firearm in the open," he said.
why? Cause Scott's theoretical perpetrator might think twice about Eric.
"Even though it's unlikely, the possibility if there was a crime going to take place while I happen to be there that would make me an obvious target," he said.
But debating do or don't is academic at this point, cause as it is now, Scott's holster remains empty, and if you ask him, he'll be happy to tell you why.
"Because the state of Oklahoma doesn't allow it to be filled," he said.
Posted by Zee at 8:44 PM