Effective November 1, 2012, Oklahoma handgun owners will be permitted to carry their firearms more freely than before. Yet contrary to some popular belief, the state’s new “open carry” bill (SB 1733) does have limitations. Though some employees may believe they now will have the right to carry guns while at work, that’s incorrect, and employers should be prepared to respond immediately.
Currently, the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act provides for the issuance of handgun licenses to qualifying Oklahomans and spells out the parameters and restrictions governed by the Act. Under the new law amending the Act, which Governor Mary Fallin signed on May 15, those who have a valid handgun license now will have the right to carry a handgun, concealed or unconcealed (“open carry”), in many public locations beginning November 1.
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Oklahoma Employees May Have Misconceptions About New ‘Open Carry’ Law