Oklahoma State Law Summary

Posted on January 1, 2012

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Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Oklahoma ranked 35th out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws.

In 2013, the Oklahoma legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.

enacted in 2013

Laws that Weaken Gun Regulation

OK H 1243 Amends the concealed weapon permit eligibility requirements so that the preclusive period for certain violations is shortened.
OK H 1622 Allows the carrying of a concealed or unconcealed handguns in a private school or on a private school bus, provided that the school has adopted a policy to allow it and allows firearms at government meetings.
OK S 173 Provides immunity from liability for any person, business, or employer who does not prohibit the carrying of firearms on their property, for any harm resulting from failing to prohibit firearms there and provides for a temporary concealed weapon permit for a victim listed in a domestic violence protection order.
OK S 977 Provides automatic reciprocity for all out-of-state open carry permits.

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Among other things, Oklahoma does not:

In 2010, Oklahoma had the 12th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Oklahoma had the 19th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2009–meaning that crime guns originally sold in Oklahoma were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 19th highest rate among the states.

Oklahoma Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Oklahoma, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.