Fallin signs open-carry bill
BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
10/15/12 at 5:05 PM
Correction: This story incorrectly described where the open carrying of weapons would be prohibited under a measure signed by Gov. Mary Fallin. Liquor stores, like other businesses, would have the option to allow or prohibit firearms on their premises. This story has been corrected.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin signed a measure Tuesday allowing for guns to be carried openly.
Senate Bill 1733 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, would allow those with a conceal-carry permit to openly carry weapons.
The measure takes effect Nov. 1.
"As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and a gun owner myself, I'm happy to sign this bill into law and grant law-abiding citizens the ability to openly carry firearms," Fallin said. "Senate Bill 1733 sends a strong message that Oklahoma values the rights of its citizens to defend themselves, their family and their property. It does so in a responsible way, by requiring those citizens who choose to open carry to undergo both firearms training and a background check."
Businesses may continue to ban firearms on their premises. SB 1733 prohibits carrying firearms on properties owned or leased by the city, state or federal government, at corrections facilities, in schools or on college campuses and at sports arenas during sporting events.
Gov. Mary Fallin. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World File