Businesses consider open carry

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Updated: 5/17/2012 10:11 am Published: 5/16/2012 10:49 pm

Businesses are facing a hot topic about the Open Carry bill Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed on Tuesday.

They have to decide if they will allow customers to use their businesses while showing their firearms in plain sight. 

“As long as we are not losing business, if one person walks in with a gun and ten people leave, then obviously we would have to make a business decision; say ok maybe that's not a smart idea,” says Elote restaurant owner Jeramy Auld. 

Auld and his wife have owned Elote for exactly four years this Tuesday.  They are ok with allowing their customers to bring in unconcealed guns.

“If I felt like it was dangerous I would certainly leave,” said one of their customers who was eating with her young children. 

 “It doesn't make me uncomfortable,” said customer Justin Moore, as he was eating with her wife and two children.  “I think anyone who is going to do harm with a gun is probably already carrying them.” 

Moore does not think the law will make that much of a difference.  Some people, he said, will still choose to conceal it.

He trusts the businesses he brings his family into to make the right decision based on who is carrying the unconcealed weapon. 

“I trust their judgment if they don't want to let people in with a gun that's their prerogative, same flip side,” said Moore. 

The Open Carry bill goes into effect November 1, 2012. 

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E Conley - 7/12/2012 9:52 AM
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What you have to realize is the people who will be 'open-carry' are already the people you see every day and currently have not clue they are carrying a weapon or not. So you feel safer not knowing who has a firearm and who does not? I'm confused... And you also have to realize that not everyone will be allowed to 'open-carry' only those who have their "concealed carry" permits. And again these are the people you see every day who are already carrying and you just don't know it. I as a mother of a 6yr old, I never go with out my firearm. And I will be 'open-carry' legal thanks to my permit I have had for over a yr now.

DuhhUidiot - 5/18/2012 11:54 AM
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Yip...I'm feeling a bit safer already. Maybe the crime rate will go down when these thugs start getting shot for stealing people's property. Hoorahh for Open Carry!

mustangdriver - 5/17/2012 10:20 AM
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I don't think the open carry law has anything to do with feeling safe. It is just a right that people should have. If you want to help people feel safe in this state, outlaw cell phone use in vehicles unless hands free device is used. They already force us to wear seat belts, might as well go ahead and tell us we can't use our cell phones while driving. As far as the "open carry" bill goes, if you don't like it, move to a different state. This is a semi-free country and the majority have voted.

billie - 5/17/2012 9:06 AM
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I think it is VERY SAD when people believe they have to carry a gun to be safe. If the Governor thinks it would make people safer, then give everyone a gun. Bill Scott
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