Hey all. I live in Oklahoma and beginning Nov. 1 open carry will be legal in the state. I'm a gun enthusiast and plan on getting my permit to carry by this time next year, but while discussing the open carry law a handful of questions cropped up.
A couple of coworkers and I were discussing the law and two of them posed questions I didn't know how to answer, mostly because I couldn't give definitive answers backed by either numbers, studies or literature.
I'm hoping these can garner some good, healthy discussion, one that can be backed by statistics and external information.
1. What if person A considers an open carrier a threat to their safety, whether in public or on private property? Can person A use lethal force even if the carrier's gun is in its holster? Is this even a common perception, or issue that has been documented?
My answer would be, if in public, call the police if you feel worried or threatened. On private property, and especially with Oklahoma's Stand Your Ground law, I'd say the incident would just have to be investigated to see if person A had just cause to react with lethal force.
2. Are there documented cases where a bad guy has taken a holstered gun from an open carrier? For instance, a bad guy in a convenience store, or at a local fair.
Thanks for the discussion and information.