Okla. lawmakers consider open carry of handguns

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma lawmakers are looking to expand the gun rights of citizens by allowing for the open carrying of firearms, but opinions differ on how far they should go.

Members of the House Public Safety Committee conducted an interim study on the issue Tuesday.

Despite GOP majorities in the House and Senate and a Republican governor, legislators were unable to pass a bill to allow for the open carry of firearms last year.

State Rep. Mark McCullough says he requested the study to develop a "strategic approach" to expanding firearm rights.

Gov. Mary Fallin says she supports a "thoughtful, reasonable approach" to open carry that includes some restrictions.

Some right-wing members of the GOP believe the open carry of firearms is a constitutional right that shouldn't be restricted.

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