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Oklahoma Lawmakers to Consider Open Carry Law

Oklahoma state lawmakers will once again consider wether to allow the open carrying of firearms. Two state legislators will introduce the bill this year.

Similar legislation has already passed the Republican-controlled legislature. That, however, was vetoed by the Democratic governor. People who support the bill believe the 2nd amendment should not be limited in any way.

"In states that have passed open carry," said State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, "it has not been a cowboy atmosphere where everyone has got guns strapped on. That's what opponents would like to portray."

An opponent of the measure said open carry is not a deterrent to crime, rather it makes those who chose to carry targets.

The new bill would also allow more people to carry guns by eliminating the need to attend conceal-carry classes.

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