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Senate Approves Bill Allowing Open Carry of Guns (Mar 15, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anyone 18 or older could openly carry a firearm in Oklahoma without a gun license under a bill overwhelmingly approved in the state Senate.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 36-8 on Tuesday for the bill by Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, over the objections of several members who argued the bill had too few restrictions.

The bill now heads to the House for consideration, although Russell used a procedural move to ensure the measure still could be amended.

Sen. Jim Wilson, D-Tahlequah, says the idea of armed citizens roaming the streets with their weapons displayed sends a bad message to the business community.

Another open-carry bill pending in the House would send the proposal to a vote of the people.

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