|Updated: 5/17/2013 10:19 pm
||Published: 5/17/2013 9:58 pm
You don't see many people in Tulsa carrying weapons openly but one couple in North Tulsa tell FOX23 that it is their right and a necessity.
Marianna and Michael Lish say that they decided to take advantage of the Open Carry law when it went into effect in November in Oklahoma.
"I loved the idea," said Michael. He tells FOX23 that his handgun is in his hip holster from the time he wakes up until he goes to sleep.
Marianna said that the couple applied for the open carry permit for safety and protection.
"The world we live in is why I need a firearm," said Marianna.
The couple's choice is not without skeptics.
"People are always whispering," said Marianna. "It happens everywhere we go."
The Lishes say that despite the questions they are thankful for the right to carry. Marianna said that they keep the permit visible and slung around their neck so that other Tulsans aren’t alarmed when they see their guns.
"I'm showing the public, ‘Hey, you don't have to guess if I am legal.” I am advertising that I am legal,” she said.
To carry openly you'll have to take a firearms safety and training course. You'll also have to submit to a background check by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and get a permit similar to the concealed carry permit.