Oklahomans with concealed handgun permits would be allowed to carry their weapons in the open if a bill that easily passed the House of Representatives becomes law.
But members defeated an amendment Thursday that would have allowed for the open carrying of handguns anywhere without a permit.
Senate Bill 1733 would allow anyone possessing a license to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act to carry the weapon either openly or concealed. It passed 85-3 and is headed for a conference committee.
It also would allow a property owner to openly carry a handgun on his or her land. No concealed carry permit would be required.
“This makes sure that it’s very clear that someone can carry on their own property openly,” said Hickman, R-Fairview, the House author of the measure.
Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, said he is aware of rural landowners who have been questioned by local law enfor
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