Oklahoma Gun Laws: What You Need to Know


As a responsibly armed American, you already know how challenging it can be to stay up to date on gun laws…

Oklahoma gun owners, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked firearms questions in your state. Read on for answers to some of the top questions regarding Oklahoma gun laws. (Not from Oklahoma? Check the Legal & Second Amendment tab for your state!)

Can Felons Own Guns in Oklahoma?

No, applicants for an Oklahoma concealed carry permit or concealed handgun license (CHL) must not have a felony conviction or be subject to an outstanding felony warrant. In addition, applicants must not have any convictions for the following offenses:

  • 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.

Can You Carry a Pistol While Hunting in Oklahoma?

Yes, you can carry a handgun/pistol that is not a legal means of take for that season. However, you must have a concealed carry license. If a game warden or other law enforcement officer approaches you, you will need to immediately notify him or her that you are carrying. However, federal lands such as Corps of Engineers or National Wildlife Refuges are subject to additional regulations that may prevent concealed carry.

Do You Have to Tell a Cop You Have a Gun in Your Car in Oklahoma?

Yes. You must notify an officer that you are concealed carrying in a vehicle in Oklahoma.

Do I Have to Register My Gun in Oklahoma? Is There a Waiting Period to Buy a Handgun in Oklahoma?

No. Handguns do not need to be registered in Oklahoma. In addition, there is no waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Oklahoma.

Is Oklahoma a ‘Stand Your Ground’ State?

Yes. Oklahoma is a Castle Doctrine state and has a “stand your ground” statute. Any person who legitimately uses a gun in self-defense has immunity from criminal and civil law. There is no duty to retreat. The law applies at a person’s residence, place of business and place of worship.

Where Can I Open Carry in Oklahoma?

Open carry is legal without a permit/license for any legitimate purpose not in violation of the Oklahoma Firearms Act of 1971. Legitimate purposes include when hunting, lawful self-defense and self-protection or any other legitimate purpose in or on property that is owned, leased, rented or otherwise legally controlled by the carrier. You need a concealed carry permit to openly carry for legitimate purposes not covered by the Act.

*Note: The governor signed constitutional carry into law on February 27, 2019. It will go into effect on November 1, 2019. This will allow anyone at least 21 years old who can legally own a firearm to carry openly or concealed without a permit. Some areas are off-limits and can be found on our Oklahoma gun laws page.

Can You Carry a Gun in Your Car in Oklahoma Without a License?

Without a license, any person — except a convicted felon — may transport an unloaded firearm in plain view in a case designed for carrying firearms. The firearm must be wholly or partially visible, in a gun rack mounted in the vehicle or in an exterior locked compartment or the trunk.

Ready to Learn More About Oklahoma Gun Laws?

It is your responsibility as a gun owner to know and understand the laws regarding your concealed carry rights. The USCCA’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity & Gun Laws Map has been designed to help inform and educate armed citizens like you. To learn more about Oklahoma’s concealed carry permit application process, concealed carry restrictions and training requirements, visit the Oklahoma gun laws page now…

 The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. members and the concealed carry community. It does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing, and, as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer. 

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