For those opposed to this (local police are opposed.…that’s another story I may blog about at a later time), think about how many times you’ve seen criminals open carry.
I see many people open carry here in my town in OK: At the vet, Chick-fil-A, the local convenience store, Wal-Mart, PetCo, etc. I have never, ever, ever felt threatened by witnessing a person open carry.
I prefer to conceal carry because I’m a woman and don’t want to advertise the fact that I have guns. I don’t want some man following me and thinking he can 1) overpower me and 2) know of a home that has firearms to steal.
Yet women who choose to open carry now have a distinct advantage to practice their Constitutional right!
Thank you Governor Stitt for recognizing our Second Amendment right!
From KTUL: Just three weeks from start to finish, the “Constitutional Carry” bill has a new nickname for the folks who pushed it through.
“Well, we should have probably renamed it the ‘Whiplash Bill,’” said Don Spencer, president of the Second Amendment Association. That’s cause the speed at which it traveled through the process was stunning.Predictions on what’s next?
“Gun sales will go up, also we’re already seeing the list for people wanting training going up because they know they don’t have to put a license through the state to carry the gun now,” said Spencer.
“Do I think that there will be some people going out and buying some new handguns? Maybe something smaller, lighter, easier to carry? Yeah, there will probably be for the next six to eight months an increase of especially conceal carry type handguns sold,” said Eric Fuson with Trails End Trading Company.
Meanwhile, a dire prediction from former TPD officer and gun control advocate Rex Berry. “More guns in more wrong hands means more gun tragedies means more fear means more guns sold,” said Berry. “One of the arguments is it’s not a gun, it’s a mental health issue. Take a look at what our state legislature or our US government has done to fund mental health. It’s a BS argument,” said Berry.
Spencer’s response to the critics? “Well to the critics I say this, if it wasn’t for the Second Amendment and us being able to exercise it, you would not have the protection of your First Amendment to be up here and make that criticism,” said Spencer.
And finally a reminder, that just because there’s less paperwork, doesn’t mean there’s less responsibility. “Just because there is no permit require to carry doesn’t mean there’s not liability for carrying a firearm, and you must know the laws that govern the use of force in the state of Oklahoma and where you cannot carry,” said Fuson.