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Oklahoma Gun Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 09:42 AM

Visitors planning a trip to and through Oklahoma should be aware of the state's gun laws before traveling with a firearm. Gun laws vary greatly from state to state and often times, what may be lawful in one state may be unlawful in another. Even for neighboring states, the laws on carrying in your vehicle with or without a permit may vary.

In Oklahoma, open carrying or concealed carrying of a handgun is legal, but only with a permit. Compared to the surrounding states which include Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas, the open carry allowance is very different.

In Kansas, open carry without a permit is legal, although there may be other laws and ordinances in regards to the allowance of open carry in certain places in those states.

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In Arkansas, the open carry allowance is not clearly defined by state law. Until it is clarified, it is not recommended to open carry in Arkansas; Arkansas is a state which requires a permit and mandated training to carry a concealed handgun. Texas does not allow open carry.

Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas are all “shall-issue” states in regards to the issuance of permits or licenses which allow for the carrying of a handgun concealed. They all require safety training with a handgun before applying for the permit.

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.

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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.

In Texas, any person that can legally possess a handgun may carry in a motor vehicle that is in their lawful control, but the firearm must be concealed.

In Kansas, a valid permit holder can carry a concealed handgun in their vehicle. The state preemption law in Kansas is incomplete, so open carry without a permit in a person’s vehicle may become troublesome.

Finally in Arkansas, again, the open carry allowance is not clearly defined by state law. Until it is clarified, it is not recommended to open carry without a permit in Arkansas, including in your vehicle. With a valid permit, you may carry the handgun concealed.

The federal law for the interstate transportation of handguns is lawful when the unloaded handgun is 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.

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

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Visitors planning a trip to and through Oklahoma should be aware of the state's gun laws before traveling with a firearm. Gun laws vary greatly from state to state and often times, what may be lawful in one state may be unlawful in another.
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