OK Gov. Signs Open Carry Law. Only . . .

“Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law on Tuesday a bill that will allow Oklahomans to openly carry guns,” Reuters reports, “if they pass a criminal background check and take firearms training.” Training? Given recent IGOTD awards bestowed upon Oklahoma cops, that’s almost funny. For another non-laugh, check this from their state constitution: “The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited; but nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons.” So law abiding Sooners can keep and bear arms but pols can pass any law they like to stop—sorry “regulate” the bearing bit. Which they’ve just done. Baby steps or betrayal?

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  1. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    We just need to keep taking baby steps and eventually we’ll take it all. A little at a time is better than nothing.

  2. avatar Henry Bowman says:

    At their state GOP convention, Okies didn’t take too kindly to her call to unite behind the statist Romney.

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/112069.html

    This law is just more of the same from the Republicrats.

  3. avatar ST says:

    Were it not for a codeified Amendment in the U.S. Constitution we would be just as disarmed as the UK.The goal of all governments be they Democrat or Republican,is to dominate the people for its own security.

  4. avatar DrewR55 says:

    SB 1733 is a step in the right direction (as are the other half dozen bills that have been signed or are up for final vote). It has taken us more then four years to gain our OC privilages but the times they are a changing. I’ve also seen two new gun ranges open in the past three years and the nearby gun club has a year long wait list and is no longer accepting new applicants because they already have close to 1,500 members.

    Oklahoma has never been anti-gun but it has never been as gun friendly as it is now.

    1. avatar Matt G. says:

      Which range is closed I new members? USSA? OIl Capitol?

      1. avatar DrewR55 says:

        I’ve been told by Tri City that they are not accepting new applications at this time. A friend of my wife says she has been on the wait list for over a year now.

  5. avatar Silver says:

    Always love the “citizens are free and have rights unless we say so” brand of “freedom.” Astounding how many fools out there think that’s actual freedom.

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    Aren’t the rules for open carry the same for CCW?

  7. avatar Vigilantis says:

    Constitution of the State of Montana, Article II, Section 12:
    “Right to bear arms. The right of any person to keep or bear arms in defense of his own home, person, and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but nothing herein contained shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons.”

    You can carry your evil black rifle with you while you go grocery shopping, so long as you don’t conceal it. It’s funny how including the word “concealed” right before “weapons” results in a radical expansion of legally-protected rights.

  8. avatar Tom says:

    Section 32. The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.
    I like Indiana’s Constitution better.

  9. avatar CarlosT says:

    Washington State:

    SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.

  10. avatar Aharon says:

    As long as the new training and safety law does not evolve into a wacky extreme anti-gun practice as in few can pass the qualifications I’m mostly ok with it. I wish the American people and sheeple were raised to know right from wrong, and common sense from stupidity, and being accountable vs. irresponsible so that owning, carrying, and using in SD were all a simple straight forward issue (which yes I know to some folks it is).

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      But all of that is supposed to be irrelevant when it comes to Constitutional rights. Your right to practice your religion doesn’t depend on how sensible it is; your right to express your opinions doesn’t depend on how well spoken you are. This is a step forward, but there’s still work to be done.

  11. avatar frankgon4 says:

    I like the idea of background check. The training requirement should already be available for review and the requirements documented – Did this happen or is it the cart before the horse syndrome?

  12. OK If I’m a sooner I can have a firearm under their constitution, until or unless the state passes a law saying otherwise? Talk about covering your 6. However a state can not over ride the second amendment. Or did I miss something under the constitution?

  13. avatar Sha-ul says:

    Article 4 of the Kansas Bill of Rights.
    “4. Individual right to bear arms; armies. A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be tolerated, and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.”

  14. avatar Hal says:

    MMMMMM, betrayal wrapped in bacon!

  15. avatar Mr. Carpenter says:

    I cant get a carry permit in my county. The judge makes everyone wait 5 years unless its for your job or youve been threatened and can prove it. I and every other citizin in my county have ” restricted” permits or “recreational”. JOKE!!! Genesee county in NY state.

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