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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs open-carry gun bill into law

Oklahoma will become 25th licensed state to allow the open carrying or concealed carrying of firearms. The bill takes effect Nov. 1.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: May 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm •  Published: May 15, 2012

Under the measure, businesses may continue to prohibit firearms to be carried on their premises. SB 1733 prohibits carrying firearms on properties owned or leased by the city, state or federal government, at corrections facilities, in schools or college campuses and at sports arenas during sporting events.

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.