State Senate panel amends, passes open carry bill
BY Associated Press
Thursday, March 29, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY — The requirements to openly carry a handgun in Oklahoma have been changed in one of two bills in the state legislature.
A bill passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee Thursday would require people who want to openly carry guns to have a document showing they had instruction on the law and firearms training — but no license.
The bill substituted an open carry bill that passed the House and required a person to have a license to carry handgun — either concealed or openly.
Sen. Steve Russell says that language conveys to the public that people need a license to bear arms.
The Senate has passed a separate bill by Sen. Anthony Sykes to allow people who have a concealed carry permit to openly carry a handgun.
Scott Hannaford fills his car with gas while wearing his open holster in January. Hannaford is a 2nd Amendment actvitist who is a proponent of open carry, as means of representing that, he wears an empty holster in public. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World