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    Here's Your Chance to Legalize "Open Carry" In Oklahoma
    -- Urge the Public Safety Committee to hold hearings on HB 1414

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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    Thursday, February 12, 2009

    Occasionally, we have an opportunity to dramatically expand the
    legislature's recognition of your Second Amendment rights. This is one
    of those opportunities.

    The bill -- House Bill 1414, introduced by Representative Mike Ritze (R)
    -- would legalize "open carry" in the state of Oklahoma.

    Currently, the legislature recognizes your right to carry a firearm
    openly under limited circumstances: when hunting, competing, or serving
    in the police force or the military.

    But House Bill 1414 would recognize the right of a person to openly
    carry a firearm in most places, so long as it is in a belt holster or a
    scabbard or case designed for carrying firearms.

    Thus, you could openly carry a firearm for the defense of yourself, your
    family, and your home -- or on your way to a hunting trip or a shooting
    match.

    This right to open carry is already recognized in many states,
    including, ironically, anti-gun states like Wisconsin. The Badger State
    doesn't recognize concealed carry permits at all, and yet, they still
    protect the right of their citizens to carry firearms openly.

    Moreover, no one is suggesting that states like Wisconsin or New
    Hampshire are less safe because they recognize the Second Amendment
    rights -- and the self-defense rights -- of their citizens.

    So it is time for Oklahoma to catch up.

    ACTION: Currently, House Public Safety Committee Chair Sue Tibbs is
    refusing to hold hearings on HB 1414. Please contact a member of that
    committee (roster below) and ask that he or she pressure Rep. Tibbs to
    hold hearings on giving Oklahomans the same gun rights as more liberal
    areas of the country.

    You can find out who your representative is by going to
    http://www.capitolconnect.com/oklahoma/default.aspx and plugging in your
    address. If your representative is not on the committee, please contact
    a committee member from the county closest to you.

    House Public Safety Committee

    Name District (Counties Represented) E-mail

    Collins 45 (Cleveland) wallace.collins@okhouse.gov
    Hoskin 6 (Craig Mayes Rogers) chuck.hoskin@okhouse.gov
    Martin 10 (Nowata Osage Washington) stevemartin@okhouse.gov
    McCullough 30 (Creek Tulsa) mark.mccullough@okhouse.gov
    McDaniel 83 (Oklahoma) randy.mcdaniel@okhouse.gov
    Murphey 31 (Logan Oklahoma) jason.murphey@okhouse.gov
    Osborn 47 (Canadian Grady) leslie.osborn@okhouse.gov
    Ritze 80 (Tulsa) mike.ritze@okhouse.gov
    Roan 20 (Atoka Bryan Coal Johnston Pontotoc) paulroan@okhouse.gov
    Smithson 2 (Sequoyah) glensmithson@okhouse.gov
    Thomsen 25 (Hughes McClain Pontotoc Pottawatomie) todd.thomsen@okhouse.gov
    Tibbs 23 (Tulsa) suetibbs@okhouse.gov

    ----- Pre-written letter -----

    Dear Representative,

    I am asking that you urge Public Safety Committee Chair Sue Tibbs to
    hold a hearing on HB 1414, and move the bill out of committee.

    This right to "open carry" of firearms for self-defense is already
    recognized in many states, including, ironically, anti-gun states like
    Wisconsin. The Badger State doesn't recognize concealed carry permits
    at all, and yet, they still protect the right of their citizens to carry
    firearms openly.

    I believe it is time for Oklahoma to catch up. So please do everything
    in your power to move HB 1414 to the floor of the House.

    Sincerely,


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    "belt holster"?

    OC in a shoulder holster could still be potentially illegal. If that's the actual wording of the bill, it was worded poorly.


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