The measure won strong support from the Legislature. The House of Representatives passed it 85-3 and it passed the Senate 33-10.
Rep. Emily Virgin, one of three House Democrats to vote against SB 1733, said the state's concealed-carry system works well. Virgin, D-Norman, said local law enforcement officers have told her they are concerned about public safety.
“They've expressed concerns about approaching a crime scene where multiple people are carrying guns openly and they're not sure who is the shooter or who is the quote-unquote bad guy,” she said.
Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, author of SB 1733, said the measure contains safeguards.
“I'm happy to say that Oklahomans will be able to display their firearms openly if they so choose,” he said.