In Oklahoma, state lawmakers are poised to pass an “open carry” proposal, which would allow residents with a permit to display their guns in grocery stores, libraries, and anywhere else in public.
Republican State Senator Ralph Shortey claims the open carry bill is necessary to help fend off attacks from wild turkeys.
During committee discussions, Shortey argued that he shouldn’t be required to pay fees and get a license to carry a weapon. Here’s how he justified that:
“I was in oil and gas,” Shortey said. “I was out on a lease at one time and I got attacked by a turkey. Wait until you get attacked by a turkey. You will know the fear that a turkey can invoke in a person. And so I beat it with a club. That was all I could do.
“I wish that I had a gun with me,” he said. “And I started carrying a gun in my truck after that without a license because I didn’t want to get attacked by a mountain lion. Turkeys are bad enough.”
State Senator Shorty's previous legislation efforts included an attempted ban on food that supposedly contained parts of human fetuses, so he claimed.