Thursday, May 17, 2012

High noon in Oklahoma: Grab your six-shooter

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation that will allow Oklahomans to openly carry guns if they pass a criminal background check and take firearms training.

The "wild west" is not just for the movie theater.  In Oklahoma you can wear your six-shooter on your hip and go to work, church or to the movies for that matter. 

Oklahoma already issues licenses that allowed citizens to carry concealed weapons if they pass a criminal background check and undergo training.

The new law, which goes into effect November 1, expands the rights of permit-holders to openly carry guns and also allows citizens to carry firearms, either openly or concealed, without a license if they are on their own property, according to Reuters.

Fallin, a Republican, said the new law "sends a strong message that Oklahoma values the rights of its citizens to defend themselves, their family and their property."

Businesses in Oklahoma may continue to ban firearms from their premises under the new law, which also prohibits the carrying of firearms on properties owned or leased by the city, state or federal government, at corrections facilities, in schools or college campuses, liquor stores and at sports arenas during sporting events, reported Reuters.

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