Thursday, November 01, 2012

Happy Open Carry Day!


Today, November 1, marks the day that the open carry firearms law goes into effect in Oklahoma based on a bill signed by Governor Mary Fallin back in May.

It is now legal to openly carry a handgun visibly in the State of Oklahoma for persons with a valid license.

Last night, or early this morning, depending on how you look at it, at midnight, there was an open carry celebration that was held at Beverly's Pancake House in Oklahoma City.  This event was put on by the Oklahoma Open Carry Association and was attended by several members of the local media.

This day marks a significant step toward we as citizens taking back our right to own and carry firearms from those who would try to take those rights away from us. We as citizens of this country can no longer afford to allow our Second Amendments rights to be taken away by an oppressive government that wishes to use the power of gun rights to control its citizenry.  Remember, without our Second Amendment rights, we have no way in which to protect our other rights that are guaranteed to us by the U.S. Constitution.

Here are a few things to remember about our new open carry law.  You must have a permit issued by the OSBI in order to legally openly carry a handgun. You can only openly carry a handgun with a caliber of .45 or less. If you come into contact with a member of law enforcement, you must, by law, notify them that you are licensed to carry a firearm and that you are armed. Upon request, you must provide your OSBI-issued license to that law enforcement officer. You may not openly carry a handgun in an establishment where beer or alcohol is consumed (a bar), a government building, a prison or jail, a public school, a sports arena, or any college or university.

Other than that, you can enjoy the right to openly carry a handgun.

I will leave you with this quote:

"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." - - Robert Heinlein

So once again, Happy Open Carry Day Oklahoma!!!

3 comments:

  1. I've got to be honest, I'm not sure that this is a good idea. I'm all for the 2nd Amendment and gun ownership rights, etc. but do we really want to live in a society where people are walking around with guns on their belts? Is this the wild west? Do we really want to teach our kids that to be safe, one should be packing heat and displaying it for all to see? This just seems like a step backwards to me.

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  2. I disagree. We should be teaching our kids that we live in a society where they can become the victim of criminal activity. One way to refrain from being victimized is to carry a handgun to ward off potential attackers. The 'wild west' comment has been used time and time again but I personally believe that it is just rhetoric used by people that are opposed to the cause of 2nd Amendment rights. There is no evidence to support any claim that this law will cause more violence. I guess in truth only time will tell though. However, almost every other state in the country allows open carry. In fact, in Switzerland, they require every person above the age of 18 to carry a firearm. And there is almost no crime in Switzerland. Food for thought.

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  3. Otter said: "The 'wild west' comment has been used time and time again but I personally believe that it is just rhetoric used by people that are opposed to the cause of 2nd Amendment rights."

    Well that is not the case here. I have no problems with people owning and carrying firearms. I just question the need to parade said firearms around for all to see.

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