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Oklahoma Gun Laws and How They Compare Nationally

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 09:54 AM

Gun laws vary greatly from state to state and what may be lawful in Oklahoma may be unlawful in another. The laws regarding carrying of a firearm either openly or concealed, including carrying in a vehicle, can be different depending if a person has a permit. The regulations governing how a permit is issued will also vary greatly from state to state.

Oklahoma is one of 14 states nationally that have open carry allowances for handguns with a permit only, although specific laws are dependent on the state.

The other states which allow their residents to carry openly with a permit are Utah, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts*, New Jersey*, Maryland*, and Hawaii* (states marked* have very restricted laws and regulations in regards to obtaining a permit, however, there may be no distinction with open versus concealed carry with a permit).

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Open Carry without a permit is legal in 30 other states, and in Texas, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, Florida, or California open carry is not permitted.

A resident of Oklahoma who wants a permit to carry a handgun must apply through any Sheriff's Office or by contacting the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The applicant must be at least 21 years of age and complete mandated training for the permit.

A background check on the applicant is conducted as well. There are specific prohibited carry locations which the permit holder should be familiar with. Places off-limits even with a permit may differ from state to state, as does the recognition of the permit in states outside the resident state in which the permit was issued.

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Specific to a motor vehicle, in Oklahoma a permit holder may carry a concealed or unconcealed handgun in a vehicle, whether as the driver or passenger, loaded or unloaded. Without a permit, the unloaded handgun must be transported open.

The term "open" means the firearm is transported in plain view, in a case designed for carrying firearms, which is visible, in a gun rack mounted in the vehicle, in an exterior locked compartment, or a trunk of a vehicle.

Oklahoma state law is different from the federal law which states the unloaded firearm must be in a locked container not readily accessible by any of the occupants (excluding the glove box or console) such as the trunk, completely separated from ammunition.

Compared nationally, there are 37 other states that recognize the Oklahoma permit to carry a handgun. Oklahoma honors all other state permits or licenses, as well as allowing any resident which comes from a non-permitted carry state to carry a concealed handgun in compliance with the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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