Legal Issues

Oklahoma Governor Signs Open-Carry Into Law

Governor Mary Fallin

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin just signed Senate Bill 1733 into law, making Oklahoma the 41st state to allow open carry. The bill passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives by an overwhelming 85-3 vote earlier this month. The bill then passed in the Senate by a vote of 33-10. It will become law on November 1, 2012. Anyone possessing a license to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act will be able to carry openly or concealed at their discretion. Any property owner will be able to open carry on their own property regardless of whether they have a license to carry or not. Businesses and government entities may prohibit open carry under the same rules that currently allow them to prohibit concealed carry on their premises.

Governor Mary Fallin
Governor Mary Fallin

Open carry is a hotly debated subject. Even Second Amendment advocates argue on whether the increased deterrent to criminals offsets the perceived risk of criminals targeting open carriers first. Weapon retention is another concern when in crowds or busy areas. In this situation, criminals could acquire an open carrier’s firearm by snatching it from the holster. Open carry advocates argue that open carrying reminds criminals that civilians can protect themselves.

With Governor Fallin’s signature, Oklahoma now joins Utah, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and Massachusetts as licensed open carry states.

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Comments (37)

  1. MINNESTOA SHOULD ALLOW OPEN CARRY WITHOUT THE NEED OF A PERMIT ALONG WITH THE OTHER STATES.. CONCEAL AND CARRY ALLOWS YOU TO CHOOSE WEATHER OR NOT YOU WANT TO CONCEAL IT OR OPENLY CARRY IT. THERE’S SOME STATS THAT ALLOW PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE 14 TO OPENLY CARRY A LOADED PISTOL IN PUBLIC. I DONT WANT TO WAIT TILL IM 21 TO GET A PERMIT TO CARRY THATS ANOTHER 2 YEARS IF THEY WOULD ALLOW OPEN CARRY AS LONG AS YOU HAVE A FIREARMS SAFTEY CERTIFICATE LIKE I HAVE THEY SHOULD ALLOW IT.

  2. If the concern is that criminals could snatch the weapon out of a holster they could do the same with a police officers weapon. The New York law as written by Andy boy the crooked Como, has restricted all magazines including police officers to ten rounds. No one wants to admit that there are gunslingers in the police dept. that should not be carrying weapons and slide by their psychological profiles because they are cops. In other words there are nut jobs in the police dept. just like Joe Biden is in the govt.

  3. Dont you just love Mary Fallin. I live in Georgia and still Love her. Must be a true friend of Sarah Palin. You go get them ladies.

  4. Indiana DOES NOT have an “OPEN CARRY” law except at your place of Biz (if owned or permitted by said owner) or when hunting/target practice (and that’s all you are allowed to do with it). Get a Conceal Carry Permit, it will cover both instances. You can and will be arrested for “Permiscus display of a Firearm” (I know I spelled it wrong, but that’s the law in Indiana).

  5. I hope all you guys remember this THE FRIEND OF THE NRA HARRY REID HELD UP THE GUN BILL THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN UNIVERSAL IN THE USA. IT WAS PASSED IN CONGRESS BY A 3X1 MARGIN AND WAS STOPPED IN THE SENATE. THE NRA DURING THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS TOUTED THEIR BACKING OF HARRY REID OVER SHARON ANGLE. WAY TO GO NRA, WAY TO GO . WHO ARE THEY GOING TO BACK THE NEXT HILLARY CLINTON…..THAT WOULD NOT SURPRISE ME. MAYBE THE GUY IN CHARGE OF THE NRA-ILA SHOULD BE CANNED……REMEMBER THIS IN 2012. OH BY THE WAY THE NRA CONVENTION WAS IN LAS VEGAS, SOUND FAMILIAR. WAYNE LAPIERRE,HARRY REID, NRA-ILA, ALL THE GOOD OLD BOYS.

  6. If anyone wants TRUE freedom, come to Arizona. We are a “right to carry” state. Which means you don’t need any permit or liscence to carry open or concealed.

  7. James , it just hasn`t been tested YET”…. in Court” in your State” and a lot of the other State`s that have the open carry law in afect . But It`ll happen very soon my Friend , I`m sure….. Keep watching you news . In Fact” I`m sure we`ll see this thing played out in Several State`s in the Court System , before we get our rights . There`s a few anti gun District Attorneys here and there in some of these County`s we all live in , that Will” Test The Laws , and It Will Cost A Few People a lota money for there Lawyers , but in the end , They Will Win” , and the rest of us Will” prevail , My Friend . Tooooo Many People WANT This Open Carry Law in there States , and they Will Get it one way or another…. In the next election or , the Next” , They Will have this Right ….. You can count on it !

  8. When did Indiana become an “Open Carry state? Last time I looked you would be arrested for “Promiscuous display of a firearm” (you will be arrested and your weapon taken). That’s why I carry in an Ankle Holster. Remember, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away!

  9. Gun CONTROL isn’t about “guns”! All through HISTORY… they disarm the public…. THEN… YOU ARE DOOMED! IT IS ABOUT C-O-N-T-R-O-L !

  10. Thank you Mary Fallin for standing up to the most corrupt policy makers and administration in the history of our country. Let us not forget the Clintons along with O’Bama and the Holders of the world, who have sided with FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS against the American people who gave them their jobs. Clinton invited Calderone the corrupt Mexican president to come here and lecture the American people because he is one of the worst excuses for a politician in the world. Step in Harry Reid who refuses to bring to the floor of the Senate HR 822, which would have made your policy unnessesary even though it passed in the house by a three to one margin. I only hope people remember this is the FRIEND OF THE NRA, that they campaigned for. May god bless you and this country. We must help Congressman Trey Gowdy of SC. do his job.

  11. When did Hawaii fit into this picture. It is extremely hard just to get a CC in this Democratic ruled state?

  12. If you live in NY or CA, I’m sorry, MOVE. New York and California may as well be communist countries. I’m in AZ and we can carry or own anything we want, within reason. AZ will welcome you without question, after all, this is still the wild, wild west. We can also carry concealed or open, it doesn’t matter, at least, until you try to go into a business. The second amendment is the second best amendment we have and our government needs to know, America was founded because Americans had and will always have guns. Next to being able to believe what we want and say what we believe, owning a gun is what makes this the GREATEST country on Earth. Stand up for your right(s), if they aren’t being represented then vote for new representation. If all else fails, force them to give you your rights…… MOLON LABE!

  13. Well I Must” Say , My Hat`s certainly OFF” to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin , and the Oklahoma House of Representatives , and Oklahoma Senate . I have been following what has been going on in the Oklahoma House And Senate for Several Years now , I must say those elected officials in Both Houses , and Including the New Governor , are listing Mighty Close to what the Peopel” of Oklahoma are saying , and there standing behind there People 110% ! A lot of GOOD things are happing in this State , such as this Open Carry law that just passed Finely . My wife and I are Texas” citizens . What`s Your Problem Austin House and Senate ? Where our Open Carry Right`s ? Infact You All Need To Look At Oklahoma REAL Close And Follow Suit with there laws and our citizans they have takin on in the last SEVERAL Years . Oklahoma Is Booming , and has been booming for Quite some time now , I belive , because they have a Great” Bunch of people in there House and Senate that Are and Do listen to there citizans , and making Sure that the State IS and Stays Booming . I`m getting Real close to retiring , and have been thinking VERY Strongly on Retiring In The Great State of Oklahoma , Simply because those Law makers there are Very conserned about the well being of there citizans of the State .
    I think I`ve said enough here , but let me say once more here , The Law makers of Texas” , need to open there eyes and pay attention to Well Being Of There Citizans , and Grant us ALL” Our Right`s , and That will help a Great deal in getting our State To Booming again , and keep it that way . If Oklahoma can do it , Texas Can Do It As Well , and more than likely … Better .

  14. I am excited that open carry got passed in my home state of Oklahoma, next year we will hopefully pass constitutional carry.
    After reading the final version of the law that governor fallin signed. Previously under Oklahoma law you could only open carry on your property if you were target shooting or hunting.

    I do not have a CCW as I think my license to carry is covered quite well in our second amendment. I do carry daily as I have a commission and a position that makes it mandatory I carry a firearm. but I believe citizens have the same rights as all Law enforcement officers, and any laws that restrict citizens and give special privileges to any group for example law enforcement officers is basically unconstitutional and should be abolished or made equal under the law. We the people give those the power to enforce the laws.

  15. Yousuf,I will tell you that I have a permit to legally carry.If I didn’t,I still would anyway regardless of what the dunderheads in the State decree!Allow me to carry? I have a clean slate for all of my 55 years.It is on me at all times!My right to protect myself and family is indeed God given and His Laws will always be a priority for as long as I live!

  16. I live in the people’s republic of NY ( upstate ) . Let me make something perfectly clear. I carry my large 8″ japanese knife open carry. And a throwing tomahawk that I am pretty accurate with. XL1560 razor sharp stainless. That does me fine for my every day life. If life here became run down with bad people, and those bad people were making threats, I and at least six others would use the open carry law the most High GOD gave all his followers to do. Romans 13:1 says to submit no more to man, but to the powers higher, that be GOD. Not too many versus later he states the civil gov’t will respond with their greatest weapon: FEAR. GOD’s followers are to choose who they will fear. Man, or Him. I only walk with those who follow GOD. Sorry if this hurt any of your butts, but I don’t care if I lived in N. Korea, China, etc. We would do the EXACT same thing. On the other hand, if we abuse it we lose it, our guns, and our lives. So cree, and the other folks who live in a state where man tells you law, remember, when you die, those politicians, supreme court justices WILL NOT be judging you. The real Judge will, so hopefully you put im first, like in Romans 13:1 Paul taught the followers of Schumer and the sheriffs to do. Courage is following GOD when you are petrified, not when Hon. Gov Mary Fallin says you are safe too. Nonetheless, GOD bless Gov. Fallin for your obiding by the Torah ( law ).

  17. Massachusetts allows Open Carry? Really? MA is a state that will prosecute just for ‘printing’.

  18. Now if we can only get Oklahoma’s neighbor, my home state of Arkansas to allow us to open carry.. I only live about 40 miles from Oklahoma. Might just have to pack up and move if Arkansas can’t pass an open carry law in the next couple years. We have concealed carry but not open carry. Besides I open carry on my private property all the time here in Arkansas. But of course I live out in the country in a rural area.

  19. We are very proud of our legislators and Gov. Fallin. We had virtually the same bill on Democratic Gov. Brad Henry’s desk 2 yrs ago and he vetoed it.. so we sent him & many of the liberal Democrats packing. Electing a primarily Republican conservative pro-gun legislature and Governor. It sure has made a difference. Now we need to do the same thing in Washington.. in my humble opinion.

    Property owners / business owners will not only be able to open carry loaded handguns on their property w/o a permit…. but also rifles & shotguns

    We are getting the usual cries that there will be OK corral style shootouts weekly.. blood in the streets…. and so on. But we heard the very same complaints when concealed carry was passed 17 years ago.. and none of those things ever happened.

    One Senator made a really good comment just before the final vote… I will paraphrase… when your in a life & death situation, and mere seconds count…

    “A hand on a gun is getter than having a 911 operator on the phone!”

    Another Senator stated that Oklahoma citizens needed this bill because the citizens couldn’t carry a armed cop on their back for protection.

  20. This will make a great birthday present from the state of Oklahoma only down side is I no longer live in Oklahoma.

  21. I will be looking for businesses that are gun friendly to do business with. I also will boycott businesses that put up gun buster signs. Just saying…….

  22. Open carry is normally done with a retention holster. You can’t just pull the gun out of it that easily. (law enforcement uses retention holsters if you’ll look). People that open carry are constantly on alert to their surroundings. I think it’s great that OlKlahoma gave back the open carry rights that was there in the past. Goes to how how rights can be taken away and the public can gain them back.

  23. Craig Hanson, aside from the 14 “licensed carry” states, there are also 26 states that allow open carry regardless of whether you have a concealed carry license or not. 14 licensed carry states and 26 others equals 40, with Oklahoma becoming the 21st. You can find out more at http://opencarry.org/.

  24. Craig, they were talking about the states that require you to have a license to open carry when they listed those at the bottom. I assume Idaho is probably like NC, you don’t need a license to open carry, you can just do it. So if you add up all the ones that require a license and those that just let you open carry without one, you get the 41.

  25. Hello, Did you mean 14th state, instead of 41st. I only see thirteen listed at the bottom of the article, along with newly signed Oklahoma, making 14. Makes me wonder, how do all the other states stand on this issue? I’m from Idaho, and I could be wrong, but I thought we could openly carry in this state. Maybe we lost that right when I wasn’t paying attention.

  26. For the love of God! Why can’t we get any legislators with some common sense here in New York State!We’re drowning in Red Ink and Liberal policies with no relief in sight!

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