MOORE — What do metal knuckles, a loaded cane and a pistol have in common?
In addition to all being types of weapons, there was a brief moment when, according to the City of Moore code, there was technically nothing illegal about carrying them in public.
That changed Monday night when the Moore City Council voted to reinstate the part of city code covering "possession of certain offensive weapons." Ordinance 898(19) reintroduced it and the particular weapons it bans, unless the holder has a lawful means to do so.
City Attorney Randy Brink said the section covering weapons was accidentally left out when the city updated its codes.
"This ordinance is necessary tonight, because, somehow, during our re-codification process, this ordinance and items were in the old code," Brink said. "When we re-codified, it got missed. These items were not included."
Brink said he doesn't know how it was left out. But when city officials were going through the code, they realized it was missing.
The ban covers weapons like brass knuckles, sword canes and blackjacks, club-like weapons that are often retractable.
The section also states pistols, revolvers, shotguns and rifles cannot be carried; however, it also includes the language "except as may be authorized by law." This ensures those with concealed carry permits, for example, can carry in town lawfully.
But that also may need to change.
With the passage of "constitutional carry" which was signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt last week, permits will no longer be required to carry a handgun, concealed or openly, as of Nov. 1. Brink said that may require another update to this section of the city's code.
In addition, the council unanimously voted to update city laws on the sale of alcohol to match state law. Under the new regulations that came into effect last October, liquor stores can open at 8 a.m. and sell alcohol until midnight, as opposed to previously having to close by 9 p.m.
On-premise consumption locations can sell alcohol between 8 a.m and 2 a.m., and that same timeframe applies to brewery taprooms.
Brink said the changes bring the city's code 100 percent in line with state statute.