|Updated: 10/19/2012 9:16 am
||Published: 10/18/2012 8:59 pm
In two weeks the open carry law takes effect.
Gun training classes have been filling up and in some cases doubling their normal size.
One Bixby police officer says more education is needed, even for law enforcement.
"This is a shift in culture,” said Bixby police officer Michael Konshak. “Now we're going to have guns out in the open."
Konshak has been in law enforcement nearly 22 years. He's a firearm instructor certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. Konshak is worried there hasn't been enough talk about this law.
"I don't have any fear,” he told FOX23. “I just am concerned that everybody gets educated that needs to be educated."
He will be teaching police officers across the state.
"When the open carry thing goes into effect, obviously the law enforcement officer will know the person is carrying out in the open. As a law enforcement personnel we can go up and ask them to prove their credentials, "show us your license to carry the gun," said Konshak.
But it gets tricky; Oklahoma law says law enforcement must honor the gun laws of Alaska, Wyoming, Vermont and Arizona. Those states don't issue gun licenses. Anyone from those states caught in Oklahoma must have a state I.D. or driver's license.
"It is counter intuitive to encounter someone with a gun, from another state when they don't have a license," he said.
Konshak told FOX23 that will be a challenge for law enforcement. He adds his biggest concern is making sure everyone is informed.
"the public, the people that are going to be seen carrying these guns out in the open, the officers, there needs to be a lot of training awareness and preparation before this goes into effect in just a few days," he said.
Konshak will be hosting that class for law enforcement on October 29th at the Bixby Police Department. It begins at 9 am.
If you plan to carry openly your gun must remain in a holster that is partially visible.
The gun cannot be any longer than 16 inches.
You'll also need to carry a valid Oklahoma ID and a handgun license at all times.