Oklahoma Gun Laws
Oklahoma has extremely permissive gun laws. The state accepts and guarantees the right to bear arms in its constitution, indicating that this right “shall never be prohibited”. However, the constitution goes on to include that “nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons.” Oklahoma has very few hardware restrictions and makes owning a firearm a very straightforward process. These permissive gun laws have made Oklahoma into a popular state for hunters, marksmen, and firearms enthusiasts.
- Gun Laws at a Glance
- Firearm License Requirements
- Background Checks
- Gun Shows
- Ammunition and Hardware Restrictions
- Prohibited Persons
- Prohibited Places
- Concealed Carry Laws
Oklahoma Gun Laws at a Glance
|Concealed Carry Premit Required||No|
|Open Carry Premitted||Yes|
|Waiting period before purchasing||No|
|Lost and Stolen Firearm Reporting||No|
|Firearms License Required for Purchasing||No|
|Universal Background Check||No|
|Large Capacity Magazine Ban||No|
Firearm License Requirements
No type of license is required to obtain a firearm in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma does not require background checks on firearms transfers through unlicensed sellers. Per federal regulations, any transferee buying from a licensed seller will be subject to a background check.
Oklahoma does not regulate gun shows.
Hardware and Ammunition Restrictions
|Assault Weapons||Not restricted|
|50 Caliber Rifles||Not restricted|
|Machine Guns||Prohibited for felons|
|Large Capacity Magazines||Not restricted|
|Ammunition||The possession, carrying, use, attempted use, manufacture, importation, advertising for sale, or sale of any “restricted bullet” is prohibited.
A “restricted bullet” is defined as any round or elongated missile with a core of less than 60% lead, which has a fluorocarbon coating, is designed to travel at high velocity, and is capable of penetrating body armor.
The following people are prohibited from possessing or purchasing a firearm in Oklahoma:
- A convicted felon
- An adjudicated delinquent
- A person under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Any person who is “mentally deficient,” of “unsound mind,” or otherwise mentally or emotionally unbalanced or disturbed
|Schools||Oklahoma prohibits possession of a firearm on any public or private school property (including buses).
Handguns may not be carried into or upon any college, university, or technology center school property
|See below for full list of exceptions.|
|Vehicles||Any person (except a convicted felon) may transport a rifle or shotgun in a motor vehicle if the firearm is concealed in the interior of the vehicle and is unloaded||None.|
Under the following circumstances, guns may be carried on school property:
- Guns designed for hunting kept in a vehicle, when that vehicle is transporting a student to and from school and does not remain unattended on school property.
- Guns used in the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation certified hunter training education course or any course or event approved by the principal or chief administrator of the school
- Weapons in the possession of a peace officer or another person authorized by law to possess a weapon for duty
- A concealed or unconcealed weapon carried onto private school property or in any school bus or vehicle used by any private school for transportation of students or teachers by a person who is licensed pursuant to the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act
- A handgun carried in a motor vehicle pursuant to a valid handgun license authorized by the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act onto the property of a public or private elementary or secondary school for the use or parking of any vehicle. The handgun must be stored and hidden from view in a locked motor vehicle when the motor vehicle is left unattended on school property.
Under the following circumstances, handguns may be carried on college and university campuses:
- Set aside for the use or the parking of any vehicle, provided the handgun is carried or stored as required by law and the handgun is not removed from the vehicle without the prior consent of the school’s administration
- Persons authorized for possession or use of handguns by college or university or technology center school policy
- Persons authorized by the written consent of the college or university president or technology center school administrator, provided the written consent is carried with the handgun
Concealed Carry Laws
|“No Gun” Signs||No|
|State Park Carry||Yes|
Obtaining a Concealed Carry License
Any person who is at least 21 years of old and legally permitted to possess a firearm may carry a concealed handgun in public with no concealed carry license.
However, Oklahoma still issues concealed carry weapons permits for the purpose of carrying in another state. Oklahoma is a ‘shall issue’ state. This means that any applicant who meets certain qualifications must be awarded a license.
|Requirements for a Concealed Carry License|
Concealed Carry Firearms Training
To obtain a concealed carry permit, the applicant must complete an 8-hour firearms course from a certified SDAL instructor. The applicant must also demonstrate competency with a pistol authorized by the Oklahoma Self Defense Act.
The course content must include:
- A safety inspection of the firearm to be used by the applicant
- Instruction on proper handgun handling, safety, and storage
- Dynamics of ammunition and firing
- Methods or positions for firing a handgun
- Information about the criminal provisions of Oklahoma law relating to firearms;
- The requirements of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act
- Self-defense and the acceptable use of force
- A practice shooting session
- A familiarization course.
The applicant will be required to complete an examination that tests competency. The test must include a written section and an in-person physical demonstration. The training and the exam may be completed in-person or as a combination of both in-person and online sessions.
Former military and law enforcement may be exempt from this training and examination process.
Concealed Carry Location Restrictions
Even with a concealed carry permit, you may not carry a concealed firearm in the following locations:
- Any structure, building or office space which is owned or leased by a governmental authority for the purpose of conducting business with the public
- Any meeting of any city, town, county, state or federal officials, school board members, legislative members or any other elected or appointed officials
- Any courthouse or courtroom
- Any publicly owned or operated sports arena or venue during a professional sporting event
- Any place where gambling is authorized by law, unless allowed by the property owner
- Any elementary school, secondary school, or school bus
- Any college, university or technology center school property, unless allowed by school policy (except firearms lawfully stored in vehicles in designated parking areas)
- Any bar or bar area of a restaurant where the sale of low-point beer or alcoholic beverages constitutes the primary purpose of the business
- Anywhere while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Any places that prohibit open carry
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation
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