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Openly Carrying Guns In Public Debate

Wednesday, October 22, 2008; Posted: 4:25 p.m. (CDT)

Donald Ohse has a vision.

He says, "Currently, we have 1,970 signatures. My personal goal is at least 5,000 signatures."

The Midwest City man is working to gather signatures for a petition to present to lawmakers.

"I want a choice to either be able to have it out in the open or have it concealed," says Ohse.

Jim Cox is with the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police. Cox says, "No, I don't think it's a good idea."

He believes carrying weapons openly could be dangerous.

"If I know that you have it, you have no advantage over me," says Cox. "I have that advantage."

He's worried it's those criminals who would try to take advantage.

He says, "The main thing is consider those circumstances."

Meanwhile, it's something Ohse says he has considered especially since he has a 4-year-old daughter.

Ohse says, "I want people to know that most criminals aren't going to have a weapon out in the open because they don't want to draw attention to themselves."

He admits there are benefits to both. But he still believes, those who carry guns should ultimately have the choice.

"I feel it's a right that we have and if you don't exercise your rights, you're bound to lose them," says Ohse.

There is also a web site that's pushing for the right to carry guns in public. It's called On the web site, there is a link to the petition. It's located at

As for Jim Cox, he just wants to stress to people keep in mind the possible ramifications.