Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Signs Open Carry Bill
OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Mary Fallin put her signature on the Oklahoma open carry bill Tuesday morning. Effective November 1, 2012, licensed citizens will be able to openly carry firearms.
Oklahoma is the 25th state with some type of open carry law. It joins Utah, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii and Massachusetts as a "licensed open carry" state.
To receive a license under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act, applicants must take a firearms safety and training course and submit to a background check by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Those convicted of felonies and certain misdemeanors will not receive a handgun license.
"As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and a gun owner myself, I'm happy to sign this bill into law and grant law-abiding citizens the ability to openly carry firearms," Mary Fallin said.
"Senate Bill 1733 sends a strong message that Oklahoma values the rights of its citizens to defend themselves, their family and their property. It does so in a responsible way, by requiring those citizens who choose to ‘open carry' to undergo both firearms training and a background check."
Businesses may continue to prohibit firearms from being 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, liquor stores and at sports arenas during sporting events.