The mission of the ORA is to protect and preserve the shooting sports at
the state level. ORA will promote and improve the shooting sports by
sponsoring marksmanship training and competitions throughout the state of
ORA will work for the rights of the gun owner, shooter, collector, hunter,
archer, black powder enthusiast. ORA will support the free exchange
of ideas, information and education related to gun ownership, shooting, hunting,
firearms and related topics.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
THE NEXT ORA MEMBERS MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE
APRIL 16, 2016 at 9:00am. LOCATION
WILL BE THE
IN SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA.
The Pros and Cons
of Open Carry
12:00:00 AM Firearms Legal
On January 1,
2016 Texas became the 46th state to allow citizens to openly carry
handguns. Texans had been able to carry a handgun concealed with a
Concealed Handgun License (CHL) before that time but since the first
of the year they can now carry their handgun either openly or
concealed with their current CHL or the new “License to Carry” (LTC)
issued by the state.
There are mixed feelings on the issue by Texans, even amongst those
who are conservative gun owners. Will open carry lead to more gun
free zones? Will open carry lead to more legal restrictions? What
are the dangers associated with open carry?
Below we have listed the pros and cons of open carry and hope that
you find it helpful:
The Advantages of Open Carry:
1. It is a victory for gun rights in Texas. It is ironic that Texas
is actually one of the last states to allow open carry considering
the “pro-gun” sentiment in the state. Gun rights activists see the
new law as a step in the right direction towards using their second
2. Open carry advocates believe that
opportunistic criminals seeing citizens with openly carried handguns
will help deter crime.
3. Open carry makes it easier and quicker to access one’s firearm
because things such as clothing won’t get in the way. The difference
is a fraction of a second but, in a gunfight, that’s an eternity.
4. Open carry is more comfortable. A benefit of open carry is that
you are not leaning against your handgun all day when sitting down
or having to buy larger clothing sizes (or additional layers) to
conceal the weapon.
5. Open carry allows the use of larger and more combat effective
handguns. With concealed carry, we are often limited to using
smaller guns in order to keep them concealed. Larger guns are often
(but not always) easier to shoot because you can get a better grip,
you have a longer sight aperture between the front and rear sight,
you have a higher magazine capacity, and it is easier to control the
recoil for follow up shots.
However, even with these benefits in mind, it is interesting to note
that the vast majority of license holders and instructors do not
openly carry. Why is that?
The Disadvantages of Open Carry
1. The biggest disadvantage of open carry is that you lose a major
tactical advantage...your concealment. In an active shooter
scenario, you have a tremendous advantage if the shooter doesn’t
know you have a firearm. If a shooter enters a building and sees
people with guns on their hips, they can become their first targets.
2. Open carry increases anti-gun sentiments. Many opponents of open
carry will point out the fact that those who oppose guns and support
gun control will be more active in contacting their representative
if they see openly carried handguns. This can become a problem if it
leads to the government enacting more gun control laws because of
this awareness. To say it another way, open carry can be “bad for
the brand.” Gun ownership is under attack due to recent events such
as mass shootings, executive orders, etc. Gun owners must present
themselves as responsible, non-provoking, humble citizens to help
improve the public’s view of us as gun owners.
3. Open carry causes undue alarm. Many police officers have already
been called on open carry proponents. In addition to this fear,
panic, and even outright confrontation has taken place with those
who carry openly and the general public. Consider a scenario where
there has been a shooting and the police show up and see five people
with open guns. How well will that go?
4. Openly carrying can lead to an attacker taking your gun. When
you’re carrying concealed, nobody knows you have a gun. If you carry
openly, someone can come up behind you and try to take your weapon.
Retention holsters are not legally required under the new law and
most gun owners don’t invest in the training to know what to do in a
hand-to-hand altercation with a firearm.
5. Open carry leads to more gun free zones. Because the general
public doesn’t know the difference between a 30.06 and a 30.07 sign,
many businesses will post both signs to keep “gunslingers” out of
their establishment. This leads to places that formerly allowed guns
to forbid them from everyone, both open and concealed.
With these in mind, most shooting professionals (myself included)
favor concealed carry. I believe you should have a right to open
carry, but concealed carry seems to be a wiser and more tactically
Whether you decide to carry openly or not, we at Firearms Legal
Protection are just glad that you are carrying your weapon to defend
yourself and others. We are glad that you are using your second
amendment rights as responsible citizens.
GUN LIST - If
you know of a place of business that says NO to open
or conceal carry,
please send us
that information so
it can be post on the ORA website. Thank you!
BTW, you don't have to be a member to help us fight
these no Gun business.
March 01, 2016
- If you need to file a change
of address, please use our
change of address form. If your
address is not up to date, this will cause a delay
in receiving the sharpshooter and your
membership cards and it will cost the ORA funds in
re-mailing. Thank you, the ORA staff.
In the late Summer of 2005, ORA Executive Director
Charles Smith walked into the Capitol office of
longtime ORA member and friend State Rep. Kevin
Calvey. “Kevin, we need something like this,”
handing him a copy of Florida’s “Castle Doctrine”
law. Rep. Calvey subsequently authored the
bill, adding additional safeguards.
During the next session his bill was introduced and
adopted. Oklahoma now had the best
“Castle Doctrine” law in the nation, thanks to Kevin
Calvey and the ORA.
"CASTLE DOCTRINE” LEGISLATION"
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