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    Governor Henry Urged To Make Oklahoma 44th Open Carry State
    Sunday, May 9th, 2010 at 5:45 pm
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    Opencarry.org Urges Governor Henry To Sign Bill To Make Oklahoma 44th Open Carry State


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    Oklahoma --(AmmoLand.com)- Even after bill is signed, Oklahoma handgun carry laws will remain far more strict than most states.

    Despite nearly 12,000 petition signatures at http://www.petitiononline.com/oc4ok/petition.html supporting open carry reform in Oklahoma, and veto proof majorities in both houses of the legislature, Governor Brad Henry has not yet committed to signing HB 3354 to make Oklahoma the 44th open carry state. Reports today’s Tulsa World, Governor “Henry said he hasn’t had time to review the measure and is unsure whether he will sign it.”

    OpenCarry.org joins the thousands of Oklahoma open carry petition signers in urging Governor Henry to sign HB 3354. As Oklahoma open carry petition founder Russ Cook reminded petition signers in an alert earlier today, most states require no permit to open carry at age 18, even for legal aliens.

    See maps at http://www.opencarry.org/opencarry.html & http://www.opencarry.org/age.html.

    Explains Russ,


    “even after the Governor signs HB 3354, Oklahoma will continue to have some of the most strict handgun carry controls in the United States because the bill only legalizes open carry for persons who are (1) US citizens, (2) over 21 years of age, and, (3) also already holding the Oklahoma Conceal Carry Permit. These are the same trustworthy Oklahomans carrying handguns in public throughout Oklahoma every day.”
    After all Cook says, this is just a “modest reform bill” merely letting conceal carry permit holders take their jackets off. Like HB 3354 sponsor Rep. Rex Duncan (R – Sand Springs) told the Tulsa World,


    “Nothing in this bill changes the locations you can carry or are prohibited from carrying . . .[t]hat is not what this bill is about. This is relaxing the dress code.”
    Rank in file police know that the real danger to them and others come from criminals concealing guns, and NOT from law abiding permit holders. Like Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan recently told the Tulsa World, his


    “department does not have a stance on the bill, but has had no trouble with . . . concealed-carry [permit holders] . . . I’ve been impressed.”
    Ultimately Mr. Cook expects Governor Henry to sign the bill once he and his staff take the time to study it, understand how modest the bill actually is, and realize that open carry is already legal in 43 states, from Pittsburgh to Seattle.

    But if Governor Henry does veto the bill, Cook expects the House to easily override his veto, and the Senate to do the same or at least come close. We have access to the still rising 11,000+ petition signer email list, and, adds Cook wryly,


    “gun owners in Oklahoma have elephant memories. Should the Governor veto the bill, any Senator who changes their vote to sustain a veto will likely have some company in their next party primary.”
    Carry on!

    About:
    OpenCarry.org was founded in 2004 by Virginia gun-rights activists John Pierce and Mike Stollenwerk and has served to ignite the “Open Carry Movement” that is sweeping the country. In addition to being an invaluable legal resource for gun owners, the site has quickly grown to be a social networking portal for thousands of American gun owners. Visit: www.OpenCarry.org .

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    Hey Mike,

    I've been doing some reading on this HB3354 in Oklahoma and if Gov. Henry signs it, do you know when we will be allowed to officially open cary?

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    5/4/2010 11:12:00 AM


    Contact: State Rep. Rex Duncan
    Capitol: (405) 557-7344

    OKLAHOMA CITY (May 4, 2010) – State lawmakers voted today to allow Oklahomans with a handgun license to openly carry their weapon.

    "The best offense is a good defense," said state Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs. "The most effective way to deter criminals is to let them know immediately that they will face lethal resistance if they attempt to commit a crime."

    House Bill 3354, by Duncan, would Oklahomans to openly carry a weapon if they have obtained a handgun license/concealed carry permit.

    "This legislation should actually reduce the chance of violence," Duncan said. "A criminal is far less likely to attack once he sees a citizen is armed."

    Duncan noted concealed carry license holders have a proven track record of behaving responsibly. State records show that nearly 36,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in 2009 and just 105 licenses were revoked that year. Nearly 97,000 Oklahomans currently have a concealed carry permit.

    "The average citizen can clearly be trusted to handle a firearm responsibly when it is concealed," said Duncan, an attorney. "Why would we expect that to change if they are allowed to openly carry? It is clear that you can trust the average Oklahoman to behave responsibly."

    House Bill 3354 passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a 74-24 vote today. It now proceeds to the governor.
    So, how much time does your Governor have to either sign or veto this bill??

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    From what the papers say it would go into effect on November 1 of this year.

    According to the Governors web site, action is due by May 17th.

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    Any confirmation on HB3354 being signed yet?

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    The headline for this thread states veto-proof majorities, so how did it get vetoed?

    I'm confused.
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    ixtow wrote:
    The headline for this thread states veto-proof majorities, so how did it get vetoed?

    I'm confused.
    Because a vetoed bill must be acted upon again by the legislature and get the required number of legislators to vote to override the veto.

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    Mike wrote:
    ixtow wrote:
    The headline for this thread states veto-proof majorities, so how did it get vetoed?

    I'm confused.
    Because a vetoed bill must be acted upon again by the legislature and get the required number of legislators to vote to override the veto.
    When the bill passed the fist time it did so with the numbers to override a veto. Now that it has been vetoed by the Gov. I hope those same numbers still stand to over ride it.

    More importantly it needs to be heard and voted on before the session ends.
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