Open carry amendment?

House Bill 3098 would let citizens openly carry firearms without a permit and House Joint Resolution 1009 would amend the Oklahoma Constitution to make it hard to restrict gun rights in the state.

Groups are opposing the legislation, including the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, the State Chamber, the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City Chamber, the Oklahoma Thunder and others.

It is supported by the National Rifle Association because it affirms the right to use a firearm for personal defense, recreational shooting and hunting. State Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, said HB3098 would not permit open carrying of guns where it is presently prohibited.  HB3098 passed the Senate last week by a vote of 37-9.