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Okla. State Sen.: Open carry law won't create blood-in-the-street scenarios

Monday, February 6, 2012

Arthur Schofield (Your Views, Jan. 29) questions my thinking on Second Amendment guarantees in the Bill of Rights. He suggests that restoring the basic applications of the Second Amendment that Oklahomans enjoyed until only the last few decades will invite problems. His assertion plays to the oft used excuse that the free exercise of our most essential right as Americans will only create lawlessness and blood in the street scenarios. This doesn't square with the facts. I've lived in several states with open carry laws. None of Schofield's assertions hold up in those states. Further, we heard these same arguments during the debate about our concealed carry laws. They never happened. Law abiding Oklahomans will surprise Schofield about how law abiding they are, just as they've shown in the past 15 years with our concealed carry and other gun laws. Sadly, Schofield then resorts to the opinion that it doesn't meet his desires and that it makes people nervous.

 Read the article: The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

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