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Fri May 11, 2012
Open-carry Firearms Bill Headed to Oklahoma Governor
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to allow Oklahomans who receive a concealed carry permit to openly carry holstered firearms is heading to Gov. Mary Fallin.
The Senate voted 33-10 on Thursday to approve the bill over the objections of some Democrats who say it could pose problems for law enforcement officers. The bill now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin, who has indicated her support of an open carry law. If she signs it, the bill will become effective Nov. 1.
Retired Oklahoma City police officer and Oklahoma City Democrat Sen. Al McAffrey says he's concerned that people openly carrying weapons could cause confusion for officers who arrive on the scene of a crime.
A similar open-carry bill passed a House committee on Thursday.