Posted on January 1, 2012
Last updated March 23, 2012
In our publication Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 29 different firearms-related policy areas. Oklahoma ranked 41st out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws. Among other things, Oklahoma does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed parties;
- Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require gun owners to obtain a license, register their firearms, or report lost or stolen firearms;
- Require the reporting of mentally ill individuals to the database used for firearm purchaser background checks;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Significantly regulate ammunition;
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Give local law enforcement discretion to deny a concealed handgun license.
Oklahoma ranks 10th among the states in number of gun deaths per capita. In 2009, 533 people died from firearm-related injuries in Oklahoma. In addition, based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in 2009, Oklahoma supplied the 19th highest number of crime guns to other states per capita, and exports more crime guns than it imports.
Oklahoma Firearms Laws
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