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Oklahoma's new open-carry law results in few enforcement issues

An Oklahoma City man was arrested after wearing a gun on his hip while casting a ballot Nov. 6. It may be the only arrest Oklahoma City police have made related to the state's new open-carry law, police said.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: December 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012
/articleid/3734176/1/pictures/1898771">Photo - OPEN CARRY LAW: A no firearms sign hangs on the door at the Goodwill store at 15th and Broadway in Edmond, Monday  November 19, 2012. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
OPEN CARRY LAW: A no firearms sign hangs on the door at the Goodwill store at 15th and Broadway in Edmond, Monday November 19, 2012. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

Citing the pending case, Sisson declined to comment about his arrest.

About open carry

Senate Bill 1733, signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin in May, amends the state's concealed weapons laws by removing the word “concealed.”

The revised law also recognize the right of permitted gun owners to carry handguns openly on their private property and allows people with permits issued in other states to carry their weapons in public here.

Restrictions remain in place at government buildings, bars and professional sporting events, among other places.

Businesses and private property owners still can prohibit firearms, carried openly or concealed, but citizens maintain the right to store them in their vehicles on private and government property.

Business owners are free to ban guns from property with a sign or by communicating the message verbally.

When the law went into effect, 141,000 active concealed-carry permits in Oklahoma became “carry permits.”

Businesses' choice

Signs that ban guns from the premises are on the doors of many Oklahoma City businesses, but others do allow guns inside.

A group of gun advocates chose Beverly's Pancake House to celebrate their newfound gun rights at midnight Nov. 1, sipping sodas and dining on breakfast dishes as they talked about constitutional rights and revealed pistols in their holsters.

Scenes like that have not become the norm.

“We don't have a bunch of gun-slinging cowboys in here,” manager Mike Rodriguez said.

The gun-friendly establishment caters to regulars, such as police officers, security guards and military members who come to the 24-hour diner to eat.

Still, there haven't been a lot of sidearm spottings, Rodriguez said.

Staff members haven't had to call police with any concerns.

“We really haven't noticed anyone has been carrying a sidearm in,” he said.

“There may have been one or two since then. But for the most part, it's business as usual.” has disabled the comments for this article.
by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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