North Tulsa couple carrying firearms openly

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
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.

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tattooedmitch - 9/26/2013 1:24 PM
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well said bobber bob

AF vet - 5/18/2013 9:55 PM
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3 days ago I was up at 0230 and let my dachshund out to potty in the front yard. A young white male was slowly cruising in a late model Nissan 300zx. He stopped one door down and exited his vehicle and looked around. I was standing in the shadows beside my house and he did not see me. He began walking toward my dog and lightly whistling to Skippy. I stepped out of the shadows and raised my custom .45 and told him to leave. He left.

Bobber Bob - 5/18/2013 5:14 PM
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Re:scarlet July 20, 2012: Twelve people are killed when a gunman enters an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, releases a canister of gas and then opens fire during opening night of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." James Holmes, a 24-year-old former graduate student at the University of Colorado, has been charged in the deaths. James Holmes choose this thearer over three others because there was a big signs posted at all entrances "No Guns Allowed". Dec. 11, 2012: Jacob Roberts, fired into crowds of people at the Clackamas Town Center outside of Portland before killing himself. Clackamas Town Center also had large signs at the entrances that clearly stated "No Guns Allowed". Still feel safe behind that"No Guns Sign"?

Bobber Bob - 5/18/2013 4:38 PM
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Re:John1 You are forgetting that an armed society is a polite society. I wish you well and hope no one gives "you" that surprise that you are counting on when someone that is thin skinned takes your petty insults personalty and putts a gun in your face. With your attitude it will most likely be you that will "have to" defend yourself in the near future. It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt, John1.

John1 - 5/18/2013 3:42 PM
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Bobber Bob no since arguing with you. You can't fix dumb people that can't see the logic. You have fun with that gun out on your side tough guy. Like I said I don't need the attention you obviously enjoy. Having people stare at you and whisper and be afraid, wow!! I just want to be able to protect myself if necessary and have the advantage of surprise. Your comments are faceless.

SoArizona - 5/18/2013 3:22 PM
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MANY people carry open here in Arizona. The only time I was ever pick-pocketed, I had a stainless steel 10mm on my hip. Not too may whispers or pointers here as many people do carry in the open and concealed.

Bobber Bob - 5/18/2013 1:13 PM
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Re:John1 Carrying concealed does make you any more intelligent nor does give you an advantage. You are more likely to be targeted by a robber than someone that is openly displaying a firearm. As I stated before, robbers and thieves are inherently lazy and are reluctant to attack a person that obviously prepared to defend themselves. As far as being faster on the draw, I am most likely not going to have to clear leather because I choose to open carry, where as you may have to.

John1 - 5/18/2013 11:35 AM
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Bobber Bob I hope you never have a situation to find out. I will keep mine concealed. I'm not trying to advertise or scare or prove anything. I'm only trying to protect myself. And you don't have to be very intelligent to figure out that concealed gives the advantage. And yes I can get it out just as fast as you open carry cowboys can. Surprise! Again duh!!

scarlet - 5/18/2013 10:18 AM
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You shouldn't trust a permit hung around someones neck. The people without permits can just print one and hang them around thier necks too..

Bobber Bob - 5/18/2013 9:16 AM
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One of the advantages of open carry that I have noticed is that I am no longer crowded by anyone when I am standing in line at the grocery store, ordering food at a fast food chain nor, is there some standing right behind me when I'm using an ATM. Most of the time people hardly even notice. On one occasion in a grocery store a little boy saw my gun and turned to his mother and said, "look mommy, a real cowboy" the mother simply smiled and went on shopping.
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