Lawmaker looking to strengthen open carry law

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Updated: 1/21/2013 9:16 am Published: 1/19/2013 7:37 pm

A local lawmaker is proposing changes to the state's open carry law.

He wants to add parks and recreational areas, where youth sports are held, to be able to ban open or concealed firearms.

Parks are considered safe zones for kids. Oklahoma District 13 Representative Jerry McPeak wants to make sure it stays that way.

"I think it will be a good idea to keep kids safe around here," said a father of four Edrese Johnson.

FOX23 reached out to the lawmaker but hasn’t heard back. He is authoring House Bill 1607.

"If you block people from carrying that have a right to carry someone could come in here or at a basketball game or soccer game where there is no security,” she said. “I don't want my kids hurt."

Kelly Walton, a mother of two told FOX23, criminals are going to carry regardless. She says there isn’t any other protection at the events.

"You don't pass security,” she said. “Tulsa police is not there. You don't have anyone there."

But parents, like Edrese Johnson, say the proposed law is comforting.

"I love my kids to death. I wouldn't dare want anything to happen to them," said Johnson.

He says the last thing any of these kids should be worried about is someone packing heat.

"Just got to keep the kids safe," Johnson told FOX23.

Walton says she'll feel safest knowing people who might have a bad agenda won't be the only ones carrying at these events.

"If that means me carrying and somebody's out here hurting someone, you do what you have to do to save someone's life," she said.

The first reading of the bill will be on February fourth.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/21/2013 7:32 AM
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BWhite perhaps two in a million good guys left in the world (maybe you and me) great to hear that you're out there. Through my whole life going tO parks from coast to coast I've never found a need for a gun unless it's deer hunting. (they do that at national wildlife reserves , big parks !.!) Oh the other plus factor in creating gun free zones. It's not about protecting the citizen. It's the fines retraining recertification tax tax tax. It's really not polite to point. Proper gun ethics in my book are when you pull that thing out shoot shoot to kill. Otherwise don't pull it.

Mayor Maynot - 1/21/2013 6:54 AM
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Give you the right to bear arms ;-| Seems like very little difference : -) there was always a right to defend your home. This has really turned out to be a pretty redneck chest thumping hormone contest resulting in big profits in sales registration and range fees !!! Effectively you can have it in your car but not in the park (what do youvdo stick it in the trunk if you just happen to casually stop by the park to smell the roses?? They say don't carry in the park. But what about the ORU couple that were killed gang style in the park b ?!?

Bob White - 1/20/2013 1:20 PM
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Re:Rickineufaula The Oklahoma SDA has been effect going on over 12 years now and so far we have yet to regret it. Every year more states even Illinois are enacting more laws that grant law abiding citizens the ability to defend themselves. If it is Dodge City that you are comparing Oklahoma to then you are way off the mark. Take a look at Chicago, Illinois the city with the strictest gun laws in the U.S., they also have the highest murder rate and gun violence than any other city in America.

Rickineufaula - 1/20/2013 12:30 PM
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There will come a day (soon) when people regret passing this law. This is NOT Dodge City .

Bob White - 1/20/2013 10:50 AM
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On January 18 two TU students were robbed at gun point by two thugs on campus grounds ("Gun Free Zone"). So please tell us Jerry McPeak, how do "Gun Free Zones" prevent the criminals from robbing people in them.

vmax93 - 1/20/2013 10:47 AM
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What an idiot. With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place in "gun free zones" When are these morons going to figure out that criminals don't follow the laws.

roadster05r - 1/20/2013 10:14 AM
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I'm curious as to the title of this article. How exactly does whittling away at the law, strengthen it?

Bob White - 1/20/2013 10:09 AM
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I an 53 years old and my wife and I frequent the local city parks in Tulsa where I live and I have had drawn my concealed handgun three times in the last three years because of thugs on two occasions demanding money and once because of a pit bull attacking a child. When I lived in OKC I had to clear leather several times because of imminent peril by both people and vicious animals. When Jerry McPeak can assure me that I can go to a city park in Oklahoma and not be attacked by someone or their dog, then I will agree to leave my gun at home. It's time that the good citizens be rewarded for their law abiding behavior and not chastised by those who panic at the sight of a lawful firearm. After all, when seconds count the police are always minutes away.

Mayor Maynot - 1/20/2013 4:19 AM
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Teeter Totter like a catapult

BrideyMurphy - 1/19/2013 11:44 PM
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