Oklahoma City lawyer, police officer debate gun law

Daniel Ryan Hensch, 28, was arrested on complaints of speeding and driving under suspension. Hensch said he and the police officer argued about a pistol that was next to him in the car.
by Adam Kemp Modified: January 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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A debate over the law ensued when an Oklahoma City police officer pulled over a lawyer and asked if he had a permit to carry a gun.

Daniel Ryan Hensch, 28, was pulled over for speeding Jan. 12 in the 2300 block of Interstate 35, according to a police report released Friday.

The officer reported he noticed a pistol with the magazine out and a bullet lying in the passenger's seat.

The officer asked Hensch if he had a permit for the weapon and Hensch “stated he did not but that he was allowed to carry anywhere he wanted under the new open carry law. He advised me that he was an attorney and well aware of the law,” the officer wrote in the report.

The officer told Hensch he was mistaken, and that he could carry openly only if he had a permit to carry the gun, according to the report.

Hensch said Friday that the officer put words in his mouth and that he never said he could take his gun anywhere he wanted under the open carry law.

“When I was pulled over I had the gun in my seat, and I told him that there was a law that allows me to carry it in that manner without a permit,” Hensch said. “I even quoted the law to him and it was him that wanted to talk about the open carry law. He just kept asking if I understand that open carry required a permit. I finally said ‘Yes, I understood.'”

To carry a gun on your person under the open carry law you must have a permit, according to Oklahoma law. State law also states that any person, except for a felon, can transport a rifle, shotgun or pistol in a motor vehicle open and unloaded at any time without a permit.

Hensch was arrested on complaints of speeding and driving under suspension, and his car was impounded.


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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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