State House committee says yes to open carry

OKLAHOMA CITY - Despite some concern that Oklahoma is returning to what a lawmaker calls "lawless days of yesteryear," a state House panel has approved a bill to allow gun permit holders to openly carry firearms.

The House Public Safety Committee voted 13-2 on Wednesday for the bill that allows those with a concealed carry permit to openly carry their weapons. It now proceeds to the full House.

Former Highway Patrol trooper and Democratic state Rep. Paul Roan of Tishomingo voted against the bill, saying he sees it as a return to the "lawless days of yesteryear" and poses safety concerns for police.

Former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry vetoed an open carry bill two years ago, but Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has said she supports a responsible open carry bill.

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