Oklahoma Gun Laws

Guide to Oklahoma Gun Laws

Updated April 6, 2019:

Updated April 6, 2019:

 

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Mark Woodward

Mark Woodward

Oklahoma is currently a Shall Issue state but this will change on November 1, 2019 when a new Constitutional Carry law will come into effect. The state can be regarded as having a strong gun culture and this is reflected in the gun laws which are less restrictive than other states.


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Mark Woodward

Oklahoma is currently a Shall Issue state but this will change on November 1, 2019 when a new Constitutional Carry law will come into effect. The state can be regarded as having a strong gun culture and this is reflected in the gun laws which are less restrictive than other states.

Oklahoma is currently a Shall Issue state but this will change on November 1, 2019 when a new Constitutional Carry law will come into effect. The state can be regarded as having a strong gun culture and this is reflected in the gun laws which are less restrictive than other states.

When Oklahoma becomes a Constitutional Carry state in November no permit or training will be required to carry a handgun if you meet all the requirements to possess a handgun. But until then you will still need to obtain a permit and attend a firearms training course. And dont forget that if you plan to take your handgun interstate you will still need a permit to do that even after November 1.

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When Oklahoma becomes a Constitutional Carry state in November no permit or training will be required to carry a handgun if you meet all the requirements to possess a handgun. But until then you will still need to obtain a permit and attend a firearms training course. And dont forget that if you plan to take your handgun interstate you will still need a permit to do that even after November 1.

Quick facts

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer YES
State Park Carry YES
Gun Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry SEE DETAILS
Restaurant Carry YES
Constitutional Carry SEE DETAILS
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Oklahoma Reciprocity Map

  • Issuing State
  • OK license honored
  • OK license not honored
  • OK residential license only

Oklahoma reciprocity guide for SDA licenses

All valid weapons licenses, either concealed or unconcealed, and issued by another state are honored under Oklahoma law. If a person is from a permitless carry state then Oklahoma will reciprocate under that states laws.

States that will honor a Oklahoma SDA licence
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Resident Licences
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

Non-Resident Licences
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

Handgun licences Oklahoma will honor
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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

States that will not honor a Oklahoma SDA license
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California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wisconsin.

District
Washington D.C.

Permitless Carry States
If you are from a permitless carry state then to carry in Oklahoma you must be legally able to carry in your home state without a permit and have in your possession a state drivers license or ID card issued by your home state. If you are in the military then you will need to carry your military ID.

21 O.S. 1290.26 - Reciprocal Agreement Authority


Overview of the Oklahoma SDA license

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Oklahoma state flag
  • Issue policy - Shall Issue
  • Issued to - Residents & Military
  • License Fee - $100
  • License Valid - 5 or 10 years

Pistol license Overview

The license to carry in Oklahoma is called a Self-Defense Act License (SDA License) and is issued on a "Shall Issue" basis meaning any person who meets the requirements can obtain one. Oklahoma will become a permitless carry state on November 1, 2019. Constitutionl carry was signed into law on February 27, 2019 by Governor Kevin Stitt. However, you will still need a SDA license to carry up until November 1, 2019 and also after that date if you intend to travel interstate with your handgun.

Non-Resident Licenses

Currently the only non-residents who can apply for an Oklahoma SDA License are those that are employed by the military and stationed in Oklahoma. This will all change on November 1, 2019 when the state becomes permitless carry, then any non-resident who is able to carry in their home state will be able to carry in Oklahoma.

Handgun Training

Firearms training for a SDA License consists of 6 hours in the classroom and 2 hours on the firing range. Once completed you will need to submit the original training certificate with your SDA License application. The training certificate will expire after a period of 3 years. After constitutional carry becomes law on November 1, 2019 there will be no requirement for training to carry a handgun. If you can show proof to an instructor that you are exempt then he will issue an exemption certificate. You will then need to supply the original certificate with your SDA License application.

The following persons can apply for an exemption from the full course or in some cases part of the course;
  • A firearms instructor registered with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for purposes of the Oklahoma Self‑Defense Act;
  • An active duty law enforcement officer of this state or any of its political subdivisions or of the federal government;
  • A retired law enforcement officer authorized by this state pursuant to Section 1289.8 of this title to carry a firearm;
  • A CLEET-certified armed security officer, armed guard, correctional officer, or any other person having a CLEET certification to carry a firearm in the course of their employment;
  • A person on active military duty, National Guard duty or regular military reserve duty who is a legal resident of this state and who is trained and qualified in the use of handguns;
  • A person honorably discharged from active military duty, National Guard duty or military reserves within twenty (20) years preceding the date of the application for a handgun license pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Self‑Defense Act, who is a legal resident of this state, and who has been trained and qualified in the use of handguns;
  • A person retired as a peace officer in good standing from a law enforcement agency located in another state, who is a legal resident of this state, and who has received training equivalent to the training required for CLEET certification in this state; and
  • Any person who is otherwise deemed qualified for a training exemption by CLEET.
Consitutional carry signed into law.

Requirements to qualify for a Oklahoma SDA license

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • A citizen of the United States
  • You are a resident of Oklahoma State
  • You must have a valid Oklahoma driver license or state photo identification card.
  • You have read and become knowledgeable of the Oklahoma Self Defense Act
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class or obtained an exemption
  • You must not have any convictions for the following offenses;
    • assault and battery, which caused serious physical injury to the victim, or any second or subsequent assault and battery conviction;
    • aggravated assault and battery;
    • stalking;
    • a violation relating to the Protection from Domestic Abuse Act, or any violation of a victim protection order of another state;
    • any conviction relating to illegal drug use or possession; or
    • an act of domestic abuse or domestic assault and battery.
  • Must not have two or more convictions for public intoxication in last 3 years.
  • Must not have 2 or more convictions for Driving Under the Influence and/or Intoxication in last 3 years.
  • You have no significant character defects evidenced by a misdemeanor criminal record indicating habitual criminal activity.
  • Federal Law - Prohibits the following persons

How to apply for a Oklahoma SDA license

Follow these steps to obtain a concealed carry permit

  1. Read the Oklahoma Self Defense Act.
  2. Complete the firearm's safety class or obtain an exemption.
  3. Download the application form or pickup at your local sheriffs office. Applications can also be made online.
  4. You will need the following documents;
    • Firearms training certificate
    • 2 color passport style photos
    • Completed application
    • Drivers license or state ID card
  5. Take the application, photos, your drivers license or state ID card and training certificate to the Sheriffs office in the county you reside in.
  6. The Sheriff will take your fingerprints.
  7. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
Handgun License application form
Online permit application

How to renew your Oklahoma SDA license

  • Renewals can be made online, by mail or taken directly to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
  • Renewals can be made within the period begining 90 days before the licenses expiry date.
  • Renewals for licences that expired less than 3 years ago are also accepted, however there is a late fee.
  • If a license has expired more than 3 years ago it cannot be renewed and a new application process must be started.
  • There is no requiredment fo a firearms training course to renew a SDA license.
  • If you mail in your renewal use the standard SDA Licence application form and include two passport photos and the required fee. The mailing address is below;

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
Self-Defense Act Licensing Unit
6600 North Harvey Place
Oklahoma City, OK 73116


Schedule of fee's for a Oklahoma SDA license

The Fees in the below table are paid to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Application ConditionsOriginalRenewal
5 Year License$100$85
10 Year License$200$170
Renewal - license expired more than 3 years.
5 Year License
$100
Renewal - license expired more than 3 years.
10 Year License
$200
Instructor
5 Year License
$100$100
Instructor
10 Year License
$200$200

Acccepted forms of payment
Cashiers Checks, Money Orders, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and Electronic Money transfers. Cash or personal and business checks will not be accepted. Cashiers checks and money orders should be made out to OSBI.

Note
An additional fee of $25 for processing your fingerprints and record checks will be charged by the Sheriffs office.


Essential forms for an Oklahoma SDA license


Off-limit places in Oklahoma for carrying a firearm

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Places listed as off limits apply even if you have a Oklahoma license to carry.

Off-limits

  • Any prison, jail or detention facility
  • Any public or private elementary or public or private secondary school
  • Any sports arena during a professional sporting event
  • Any place where pari-mutuel wagering is authorized by law
  • Any other place specifically prohibited by law
  • Any structure, building, or office space which is owned or leased by a city, town, county, state or federal governmental authority for the purpose of conducting business with the public
  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • State wild life management area's
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Allowed

  • State park’s – but not in buildings
  • State and national forests – but not in buildings
  • Road side rest areas – but not in buildings
  • Vehicle
  • Any property set aside for the use or parking of any vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

Oklahoma gun laws & statutes

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Oklahoma state capitol building
All the most important Oklahoma gun laws you should be aware of are listed below. Make yourself familiar with these laws before you carry a firearm.

Summary table

SubjectHandgunsLong GunsNotes
Carry permit requiredYesNoPolicy is Shall Issue.
Purchase permit requiredNoNo
Registration of firearmNoNo
Open carry allowedYesNoRequires a carry permit for handguns.
Background checks on private gun sales requiredNoNo
Magazine size restrictionNoNo

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Oklahoma gun laws you need to know

Vehicle carry

(With no pistol license)

NO
The law states it is illegal to carry a loaded pistol, shotgun or rifle in any vehicle without a firearms license.
However, any person who is not a felon can carry in a vehicle if the firearm is unloaded and in plain view.

21 O.S. 1289.7

Open carry

(With no pistol license)

NO

You can only open carry if you have a firearms license or you are from one of the following permitless states - AK, AZ, ID, KS, ME, MS, MO, NH, VT, WV & WY. The minimum age to open carry is 21 years.

21 O.S. 1290.5

Must inform officer

(On contact by law)

YES

Oklahoma gun laws say you must immediately inform law enforcement you are carrying a weapon if stopped by them. You are also required to carry your SDA license at all times you are carrying a weapon.

21 O.S. 1290.8 - Notification to police of gun

State park carry

YES

It is legal to carry in the following areas;

State Parks:    YES  - Carry in buildings not allowed
State/National Forests:    YES - Carry in buildings not allowed
State Game Management Units:    YES - Carry in buildings not allowed
Road Side Rest Areas:   YES - Carry in buildings not allowed

No gun signs enforced

NO

“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Oklahoma gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits. GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons" sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

21 O.S. 1290.22 - Business owners rights

Restaurant carry

YES

Under Oklahoma law if you are carrying a firearm then you cannot enter an establishment who's primary business is selling alcohol. This means that if you are in a restaurant that has a bar area you should not enter that area. Carrying a firearm in an area of a restuarant where food is being consumed and is the primary business is legal.

The penalty for carrying a fiream into an establishment that sells alcohol as their primary business is a felony with up to 2 years in prison.

21 O.S. 1272.1

Constitutional carry

YES

Constitutional carry was signed into law on February 27, 2019 by Governor Kevin Stitt. However, it does not become effective until November 1, 2019.

"The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited, but nothing herein contained shall prevent the legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons."
(art. 2 § 26)

Off-limit statutes


Other CCW statutes


Miscellaneous laws


History of Oklahoma gun laws

1995

Oklahoma changes from a May Issue to a Shall Issue state.
 

2012

Open and concealed carry for persons with a firearms license becomes lawful.
 

2019

Constitutional carry is signed into law by Govenor Stitt on February 27 and becomes effective on November 1, 2019.
 

Oklahoma licensing offices

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The office of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will accept renewal applications. New SDA license applications must be processed through the Sheriffs office in your county of residence.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Contact


Address 6600 North Harvey Place

CityOklahoma City, OK 73116

Phone (405) 879-2690

Hours


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Frequently asked questions on Oklahoma gun laws


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Disclaimer

The information contained on this page is not legal advice but is merely a starting point for your own research. It is up to you to decide what the best course of action is for your circumstances. We are not lawyers, if you'd like individualized legal advice, we'd be happy to refer you to some law practices with known firearm specializations. It is crucial that you understand the law before you carry a firearm. Also, remember that just because a statute may clearly say one thing or another, that doesn't mean all members of law enforcement know it. That also goes for lawyers and even judges too.

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Bill
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Bill

So uh, hey gunstocarry.com…… when y’all gonna update the site to the new laws/restrictions?? Site hadn’t been updated in 7 months. .

Johnny Odom
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Johnny Odom

Can I carry more than 1 pistol loaded at a time in okla

Brent
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Brent

I have a gun that was passed down to me from my grandfather and it is not in my name. Am I allowed to still open carry?? Also I had a felony 12 years ago. Am I still allowed to have a firearm?

Dillon
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Dillon

Do you need to have an Oklahoma drivers license in order to constitutional carry?

Bill
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Bill

That I’m not sure of but you will need a state ID of some sort if you intend to travel armed to the other constitutional carry states that won’t require us to have an Oklahoma permit, you will need a state ID.

Noah Robison
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Noah Robison

what is the limitations and rules of transporting a gun in vehicle with the intent of it being used for carry?

Chris
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Chris

I thought we could carry in private property locations even with the marking of “no fire arm” our instructor indicated it covers them to have a sign up for liability reasons”
Reading this it looks like I have been ill informed.
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Bill
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Bill

Well, technically you’re not supposed to but those “no guns” signs don’t carry the weight of the law, either. If you do get caught carrying in a place that posted a sign, the most that’ll happen to you is a trespassing charge if you don’t leave if the owner asks you to leave.

Mike
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Mike

So after November we don’t need to have no license I took the test but I never went and bought my license so now can I carry my gun

Bill
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Bill

As long as you don’t have anything on your record that would prevent you from buying a gun legally, you won’t need a permit. I would advise checking in with your local sheriffs department for a new updated SDA handbook when it comes out which will tell you falls under legal gun ownership and carrying. But then again, if you plan to travel to or through any of the states we have reciprocity with, you’ll still have to maintain a permit if those states still require you to have one from Oklahoma. If you never plan to be armed when… Read more »

Raymond L Moore
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Raymond L Moore

Can you carry more than 1 gun with ccw?

Bill
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Bill

Yes

Lol
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Lol

Lol

Ben W.
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Ben W.

Once constitutional carry goes into effect, what are rules in regards to announcing to Leo that you are carrying?

Bill
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Bill

I would be on the lookout between now and the first for a new and updated SDA handbook but I would think the duty to inform an officer when asked or especially when pulled over for a traffic stop, will change.

Amber
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Amber

My husband is CLEET certified and a Veteran of the Navy. His friend is a Oklahoma police officer, I was taught and trained to use my handgun by the both of them. If I’m wanting to get a CCW permit do I still have to take one of the classes or is their combined experience enough to qualify as the required instruction for my CCW permit

Post
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Post

Unfortunately you have to take the State mandated training class. Keep an open mind. The classes are a lot of fun an you may learn something new. You can never have too much training. Be safe!

Rusty
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Rusty

I have a concealed carry permit from Arizona and recently moved to Okla. Must I take another safety course to get an Okla. Permit?

Benny Blain
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Benny Blain

If you were just traveling through Oklahoma would recognize your permit but if you’re making Oklahoma your personal residence yes you will

Randal
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Randal

In Oklahoma if I have a medical marijuana card can I still Constitutional carry ??

Benny Blain
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Benny Blain

No if you carry a medical marijuana card you do not qualify to carry a handgun at any time

Johnny Odom
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Johnny Odom

Tats bullshit because yer in pain you caint protect herself show me in the constitution where it says that cops carry while on pain meds someone should sue because if yer in pain you should be able to protect herself not being able to is discriminating against folks in pain

Deadeye
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Deadeye

New law says state cannot withhold permitting because of a state issued MMC. So if you can be permitted for ccw then constitutional carry is not a problem.

Logan
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Logan

As an off duty federal leo, is there anywhere I can’t conceal my sidearm? I tried looking for something under LEOSA but didn’t have luck.

Teena anderson
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Teena anderson

Can any adult buy a hand gun in okla in nov 2019?

Bill
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Bill

Yeah, any adult has always been able to buy a handgun in Oklahoma as long as you live here and you can pass a background check.

James
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James

Any adult I don’t know if that’s true because adult means 18 but age to buy a handgun is 21

Benny Blain
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Benny Blain

No adult means 21

HarleyMan
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HarleyMan

Looking at attending a university in Oklahoma for my graduate degree and I’m curious what are the laws on carrying on campus if you are licensed to carry?

Terry
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Terry

As for faculty and staff you can have your firearm secured in your vehicle. But can now have it on your person. You would have to talk to the campus PD to get full details.

Benny Blain
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Benny Blain

I am a campus police officer guns are not permitted on campus property not even in a locked vehicle they’re not allowed there.

Benny Blain
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Benny Blain

No you cannot carry any kind of a fire on my college campus or any other school in the state of Oklahoma the gun will be taken away from you and you will be thrown in jail

Doc Boyd
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Doc Boyd

I have bought a gun legally, went to a concealed carry class but got a dui shortly after. Am not felon amd.have paid off all fines.. Can i carry my pistol qhen this law is enacted? And how can i carry it in my truck?

Jam
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Jam

Get a new lawyer to clear you for this before you carry otherwise you might get a new separate citation that would step on your open carry rights. Take care ; )

Benny Blain
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Benny Blain

No you cannot you have given away all your privileges to carry a firearm

Roger
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Roger

Well, I’m bothered by all the double speak from the above article. Come Nov, 1 2019 Oklahoma is officially Constitutional Carry, but you still can’t carry a loaded chambered round in your weapon of your vehicle. My question am I reading that correctly ? I realize having the ability to carry concealed while out grocery shopping is better than being naked, but why restrict having a loaded handgun in a vehicle, I get it all I need to do is tell the bad guy with a gun “hold on carjacker while I insert this magazine and chamber a round”. I… Read more »

Dagon
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Dagon

I’m pretty positive they are redoing all of the gun laws. That being one of the laws changed.

Bill
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Bill

Currently unless you have a permit, you can’t have a loaded pistol in your vehicle but I’m pretty sure they’ll address that once we get closer to the first of November.

Post
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Post

Handgun can have a round chambered. Shotgun or rifle in the vehicle can be loaded, but not chamber loaded with an Oklahoma Handgun License.

Jam
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Jam

If you have no violent charges drug possession or sex crimes etc. You can already transport a gun and keep the chamber empty so long as it’s not government property or restricted areas. Use common sense and leave it locked up with ammo separate. After November 1st you can have it loaded . Everyone should have some safety training even if it’s by a family member with experience or study video s and master safety on your own. Never break the law and keep your gun rights. Good luck.

Benny Blain
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Benny Blain

Yes that’s good advice

Mark A.
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Mark A.

Does OK’s definition of “unloaded” mean empty chamber w/ full magazine?

Terry
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Terry

Yes

Bill
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Bill

Uh, no. Maybe a hunting rifle that isn’t in direct reach of you but if you currently ain’t got a permit, either your pistol or your magazine- pistol or ammunition if it’s a revolver, better be in a locked compartment somewhere.

Jam
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Jam

Right now unloaded means no loaded mag or round in chamber. In other words keep the gun and bullets completley separate. After Nov 1. You can have one 100% loaded. But some type of safety training is recommended by most avid gun owners. Do a background check on yourself before you carry. You must be 100% good guy to carry. Good luck.

Robert Markoski
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Robert Markoski

I currently have a permit to carry in California but will be jumping on the wagon train out of the state and coming to Oklahoma next month. I know I will have to apply for a permit in Oklahoma as I will be doing interstate travel, Is there an exemption to the firearms training and background checks since I have already done them in California or do I have to do them over again in Oklahoma?

Amber
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Amber

I had one that was valid in TX and I had to do everything over again in OK

Christopher J Goodman
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Christopher J Goodman

No you will have to go through all classes and training in oklahoma to get a permit but come nov 1st we will be a constitutional carry state