EDMOND — Open carry advocates soon may have an ally in the Governor’s Mansion, and have faith the state’s future CEO will, as promised, sign authorizing legislation.
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[Oklahoma State Representative] Murphey, who represents House District 31, which includes part of north Edmond, said during the coming legislative session his primary focus will center on his duties as chair of the House Government Modernization Committee.
However, if a House sponsor is needed for Senate-drafted open carry legislation he would be glad to do so, Murphey said.
When Fallin is sworn in, open carry in Oklahoma will only be a matter of time, he said.
“I think it’s pretty much a done deal,” Murphey said. “If the governor is going to sign it it’s going to be hard to stop it this time around.”
Oklahoma open carry petition founder Russ Cook said having more Republicans in crucial offices will have a positive effect on the issue. Around the country citizens want rights returned to the people, and Oklahomans are no different, Cook said.
Cook said he would love to see early momentum toward an open carry bill for the 2011 session, and he would be contacting prospective sponsors, including Duncan.
Cook said it’s discouraging to hear talk about how people cannot be trusted with carrying guns openly when history proves that in states with such laws crime decreases.
Only seven states — Oklahoma, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Arkansas and New York — do not have open carry laws on the books, according to OpenCarry.org.
John Pierce, co-founder and spokesman for OpenCarry.org, said he welcomes the election results and predicted that open carry would be legalized in Oklahoma in the next legislative session, and probably in Florida as well. Then South Carolina, Texas and Arkansas would likely follow suit, Pierce said.
I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do those things to other people and I require the same of them.
Politicians should serve two terms, one in office and one in prison.(borrowed from RioKid)
I surely hope that OC passes the next time around. Its about time its allowed and proven once and for all to all those against it that responsible law abiding citizens can OC and the fear of gun fights in the street and thugs attempting to take away a gun from an OCer is just rubish.