Oklahoma Senate passes open-carry bill
By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau
Published: 4/21/2010 11:37 AM
Last Modified: 4/21/2010 10:28 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — A bill allowing people with concealed-carry permits to openly carry weapons passed the Senate.
House Bill 3354 passed Wednesday with no debate and now heads to the House. The vote was 33-15.
Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, and Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, are the authors of the measure.
Sen. Tom Adelson, D-Tulsa, voted for it, saying he generally votes in favor of Second Amendment bills.
He said the state already has a concealed-carry law and that he didn’t think the measure was a “huge jump.”
Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, voted against the measure.
“I would not like to see 200 people carrying guns around Woodland Hills Mall,” which is in his district, Crain said.
Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa, said she is concerned about allowing people to carry guns around public facilities.
“We are moving into an environment to where everyone will be packing a pistol around here,” she said.
Eason McIntyre voted against the measure.
“I guess we are going back to the Wyatt Earp days,” said Sen. Richard Lerblance, D-Hartshorne, referring to the frontier lawman.
Under the measure, people would be allowed to openly carry weapons in places such as bars, Lerblance said.
“I can’t believe that in modern society everyone is going to be packing heat,” Lerblance said. He voted against the bill.
Tulsa World: Oklahoma Senate passes open-carry bill
The Tulsa World is pretty liberal as far as Oklahoma goes. It's funny how they have more opinions from senators who voted against than for, despite the overwhelming majority voting for it.