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June 14, 1995

States Debate 'Carrying Concealed Weapons' Laws

JAMA. 1995;273(22):1741. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520460023023

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ON THE SAME day that demolition experts imploded Oklahoma City's symbol of homegrown terrorism, Oklahoma legislators made a curious decision.

They overhauled the state's gun laws, enacting a provision that makes it easier for adults in Oklahoma to carry concealed weapons. Their vote came despite the fact that Timothy McVeigh, charged in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, initially was taken into custody for driving without a license plate and carrying a loaded gun under his jacket.

Oklahoma Rep Fred Stanley, one of the bill's authors, was quoted in The Daily Oklahoman as saying the law would put "ladies, like my wife," who carry concealed handguns, on the right side of the law. But state Rep Bill Settle, angered by recent National Rifle Association (NRA) offensives against federal agents, opposed the NRA-backed measure. Gov Frank Keating has said he will sign the bill.

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