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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Carry allowed with my Oklahoma permit?
No
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
288k
Permits Issued
50
STATES HONORED
37
RECIPROCATING STATES
3.9M
STATE POPULATION
21
MINIMUM AGE TO CC
25
ATTORNEYS IN USCCA NETWORK
7.38%
PERMIT PERCENTAGE
5/10
YEARS PERMIT VALID
30
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Summary of Oklahoma Gun Laws

Oklahoma is a shall-issue constitutional carry state. Licenses are processed at the county level by the local sheriff’s office.

No permit is needed to purchase a firearm from a private individual, there is no waiting period and there is no firearms registration in the state. A background check is required if purchasing a handgun from a Federal Firearms Dealer. 

Open carry is legal without a permit/license for any legitimate purpose not in violation of the Oklahoma Firearms Act of 1971 and for those individuals from states with permitless carry. Legitimate purposes include when hunting and for lawful self-defense and self-protection or any other legal purpose in or on property that is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise legally controlled by the person. The minimum age to open carry is 21 years. Some areas are off-limits, including public government buildings. A concealed carry permit is needed to openly carry for legitimate purposes not covered by the Act.

Concealed carry is legal in Oklahoma with a valid permit/license and without a permit for individuals that are from one of the constitutional/permitless states and are not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm. Oklahoma gun laws allow Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s Self-Defense Act (SDA) licenses to be issued to residents and military personnel and their spouses stationed in Oklahoma. A person must be 21 or older, have completed a firearms course and meet other criteria to apply. There are restrictions on the caliber of the firearm a permit holder can carry with, .45 caliber being the highest. Permits are not available for non-residents. In terms of reciprocity, Oklahoma recognizes permits issued by all other states. 

[*Note: Constitutional carry was signed into law by the governor on February, 27, 2019 and will go into effect on November 1, 2019. It will allow anyone who is at least 21 years old that can legally own a firearm to carry openly or concealed without a permit.]

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 and the law applies at a person’s residence, place of business and place of worship. 

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Oklahoma Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Oklahoma allow constitutional carry?

No. However, a constitutional carry bill was signed into law by the governor on February, 27, 2019 and will go into effect on November 1, 2019. It will allow anyone who is at least 21 years old that can legally own a firearm to carry openly or concealed without a permit.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Oklahoma?

Yes, for people at least 21 years old that have a valid concealed handgun license or without a permit for individuals that are from one of the permitless-carry states. However, handguns larger than .45 caliber or >16" in length are prohibited.

[Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 1290.6]

However, as of November 1, 2019, constitutional carry will go into effect. It will allow anyone who is at least 21 years old that can legally own a firearm to carry openly or concealed without a permit.

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Oklahoma requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Oklahoma is a shall-issue state.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Oklahoma to get a concealed carry permit?

The minimum age to concealed carry in Oklahoma is 21 years old.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Oklahoma with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No. However, handguns larger than .45 caliber or >16" in length are prohibited.

[Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 1290.6]

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Oklahoma?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Oklahoma issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes. Only members of the military stationed in Oklahoma and their spouses.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Oklahoma allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No, however, the information is available for law enforcement.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Oklahoma?

Yes, with a valid concealed handgun 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.

[Okla. Stat. tit. 12A, § 1289.7]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Oklahoma?

Yes. Concealed carry is allowed at roadside rest areas in Oklahoma.

[Okla. Stat. tit. 12A, § 1289.7]

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Oklahoma?

Yes for state/national parks and state/national forests, but not in any buildings.

[Okla. Stat. tit. 12A, § 1277.B.4]

No for state WMAs.

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Oklahoma?

Yes, with a valid concealed carry permit, unless posted.

[Okla. Stat. tit. 12A, § 1272.1]

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Oklahoma have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

No person, property owner, tenant, employer or business entity is allowed to maintain, establish or enforce any policy or rule that has the effect of prohibiting any person (except a convicted felon) from transporting and storing firearms in a locked motor vehicle, or from transporting and storing a firearm locked in or locked to a motor vehicle on any property set aside for any motor vehicle.

[Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, § 1290.22(B)]

[Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, §§ 1289.7a,]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Oklahoma?

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

[Okla. Stat. tit. 12A, § 1290.8]

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Oklahoma have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. Oklahoma does not have magazine capacity restrictions.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Oklahoma have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. The possession or use of any “restricted bullet” is prohibited. A “restricted bullet” is a round or elongated missile with a core of less than 60% lead and that has a fluorocarbon coating, designed to travel at high velocity and capable of penetrating body armor. Carrying a concealed handgun loaded with ammunition larger than .45 caliber is also prohibited.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Oklahoma? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

No. Oklahoma does not enforce "No Weapons Allowed" signs.

[Okla. Stat. tit. 12A, § 1290.22]

Preemption?

Does Oklahoma have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, except local municipalities may regulate the discharge of firearms within the jurisdiction. 

[Okla. Stat. tit. 12A, § 1289.24]

Red Flag Law?

Does Oklahoma have a red flag law?

No. Oklahoma does not have a red flag law.

Carry While Using Alcohol or Prescription Medication?

Does Oklahoma have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication?

Yes, but not while under the influence in Oklahoma.

[Okla. Stat. tit. 21 §1289.9]

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Oklahoma?

No. A permit is not required to purchase a handgun in Oklahoma.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Oklahoma?

No. It is recommended that you retain any sales receipts to prove ownership of the gun.

Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Oklahoma?

No. There is not a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Oklahoma.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Oklahoma?

No. Handguns do not need to be registered in Oklahoma.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Oklahoma?

18 years old.

B. It shall be unlawful for any parent or guardian to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly permit his or her child to possess any of the arms or weapons designated in Section 1272 of this title, including any firearm, if such parent is aware of a substantial risk that the child will use the weapon to commit a criminal offense or if the child has either been adjudicated a delinquent or has been convicted as an adult for any criminal offense that contains as an element the threat or use of physical force against the person of another.

C. It shall be unlawful for any child to possess any of the arms or weapons designated in Section 1272 of this title, except firearms used for participation in hunting animals or fowl, hunter safety classes, education and training in the safe use and handling of firearms, target shooting, skeet, trap or other sporting events or competitions. Provided, this section shall not authorize the possession of such weapons by any person who is subject to the provisions of Section 1283 of this title.

[Okla. State 21 § 1273]

Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Oklahoma?

Yes, with a valid concealed carry permit. If you are approached by a game warden or other law enforcement officer you will need to immediately notify them that you are carrying a concealed weapon. The handgun cannot be used to down a deer. Federal lands such as Corps of Engineers or National Wildlife Refuges are subject to additional regulations.

[OK Dept of Wildlife Conservation]

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Oklahoma?

Yes, with a valid concealed carry permit. Under the provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act a person may carry a firearm on any private or public state lands. This includes, but is not limited to while hunting, fishing, scouting and tracking. Federal lands such as Corps of Engineers or National Wildlife Refuges are subject to additional regulations that may prevent the provisions of this act. However, the handgun cannot be used to down an archery deer.

[OK General Hunting Regulations]

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State Constitutional Provision
The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person or property, or in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited, but nothing herein contained shall prevent the legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons."
ARTICLE 2, § 26

Oklahoma Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Oklahoma honor?

Alabama (at least 21 years old)
Delaware (at least 21 years old)
Florida (handguns only)
Indiana (at least 21 years old)
Maine (at least 21 years old)
Missouri (at least 21 years old)
Montana (at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (at least 21 years old)
Utah (at least 21 years old)
Vermont (with just a Vermont drivers license or ID card at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (at least 21 years old)

Oklahoma recognizes any valid concealed or unconcealed carry permit or license issued by another state. If you are from a state that allows you to carry a handgun but does not issue permits or licenses, Oklahoma reciprocates under the permitting law of your state. The minimum age is 21 years old.


Other States' Reciprocity With Oklahoma

Which states honor permits from Oklahoma?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Oklahoma

Colorado (resident permits only)
Florida (resident permits only)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only)
South Carolina (resident permits only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Oklahoma Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be a resident of Oklahoma;
  • Have a valid Oklahoma driver’s license or state photo identification card;
  • Be knowledgeable of the Oklahoma Self Defense Act;
  • Have completed an approved firearms training class or obtained an exemption;
  • Not have any false or misleading statements on the application for a handgun license;
  • Not have a felony conviction or be subject to an outstanding felony warrant;
  • Not have been adjudicated incompetent;
  • Not have attempted suicide or had any other condition relating to or indicating mental instability or an unsound mind within the last 10 years;
  • Not be currently undergoing treatment for a mental illness, condition or disorder;
  • 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;
  • Not have 2 or more convictions for public intoxication in last 3 years;
  • Not have 2 or more convictions for driving under the influence and/or intoxication in last 3 years;
  • Have no significant character defects evidenced by a misdemeanor criminal record indicating habitual criminal activity; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

Initial 5 year License $100 
Renewal $85

Initial 10 year License $200 
Renewal $170

Valid For:

5 years/10 years

Processing Time:

14 days for Sheriff’s office; 60 days for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation if there are no exceptions; 90 days if there are exceptions.

Application:
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Permits granted only to active-duty military personnel and their spouses stationed in Oklahoma. ​The process is the same as for residents.

Name/Address Changes:

Submit a notarized statement with the update name and/or address or use the Change of Information / Replacement License Request Form. If you wish to have a replacement license with the updated name or address, the fee is $15.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

If your license is lost or stolen, submit a notarized statement requesting replacement of the lost or stolen license or use the online Change of Information/Replacement License Request Form. The license replacement fee is $15.


Oklahoma Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for an Oklahoma Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:
Step 2:

Complete the firearm safety class if necessary. The date on the certificate must be within the last 3 years.

Step 3:

Download the application, apply online or complete an application. (Applications are also available at Sheriffs' offices or by emailing the OSBI.)

Step 4:

Take the completed application or online summary sheet to the sheriff’s office of the county in which you reside. You will need the following:

  • Two color passport-style photos,
  • Driver’s license or state ID card; and
  • Training certificate. 
Step 5:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Firearms Training Requirements in Oklahoma

You must successfully complete an 8-hour firearms safety and training course from a certified SDA firearms instructor and demonstrate competency and qualification with a pistol authorized for carry by the Oklahoma Self‑Defense Act. Training certificates expire after 3 years.

Course content shall include:

  • A safety inspection of the firearm to be used by the applicant;
  • Instruction on handling, safety and storage;
  • Dynamics of ammunition and firing;
  • Methods or positions for firing a handgun;
  • Information about the criminal provisions of Oklahoma law relating to firearms;
  • The requirements of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act;
  • Self-defense and the use of appropriate force;
  • A practice shooting session; and
  • A familiarization course.

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Oklahoma Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew an Oklahoma Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Renewals can be made within the period beginning 90 days before the licenses expiry date. Renewals for licenses that expired less than 3 years ago are also accepted, however there is a late fee. If a license has expired more than 3 years ago it cannot be renewed and a new application process must be started.

Step 2:

Download the application, apply online or complete an application.

Step 3:

Take the completed application or online summary sheet to the sheriff’s office of the county in which you reside. You will need the following:

  • Two color passport-style photos,
  • Driver’s license or state ID card; and
  • Training certificate. 
Step 4:

Applicants who have applied online, uploaded photo and submitted payment online have completed the process. Other applicants must take or mail the online summary sheet or completed application, along with photographs and required fee to:

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
Self-Defense Act Licensing Unit
6600 North Harvey Place
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Step 5:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Currently, Oklahoma has not designated any state agency to be responsible for LEOSA. The Council on Law Enforcement Education & Training (CLEET) sets standards for Law Enforcement Education and Training. You must have been employed or commissioned as a full-time or reserve peace officer prior to retirement. LEOs or RLEOs from an Oklahoma state, county or municipal law enforcement agency, or a federal law enforcement agency qualify.

CLEET Information and RLEO Firearms Permit Application


Oklahoma Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Oklahoma?
  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, provided the restaurant isn’t posted and you are not under the influence.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? No.
  • Carry when traveling on a city bus? Yes, it is allowed on public buses. 
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks and state/national forests? Yes, but not in any buildings. 
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no state statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
  • Carry at the Tulsa Zoo & Gathering Place? Due to the passage of HB 2010 signed by the governor on 4/30, as of November 1, 2019 concealed carry will be allowed in any municipal zoo or park of any size that is owned, leased, operated or managed by a public trust or nonprofit entity.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Oklahoma?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license


FAQ: Oklahoma Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws in Oklahoma?

It is legal to own any type of knife in Oklahoma. It is illegal to concealed or open carry any “offensive weapon,” however, there are exceptions when carrying a knife while hunting, fishing, recreating, for educational purposes or for live historical reenactments. As the no-carry law states that it is illegal to carry a weapon, “upon or about” the person, Oklahoma’s no-carry law extends to items carried in a vehicle, not just on a person.


Related Information & Links for Oklahoma Gun Laws


Oklahoma Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2019-09-09

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-26

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-05-24

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-05-02

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-19

Links checked

2019-04-01

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

2019-02-28

Added new constitutional carry law info to General Info & At A Glance table.

2019-02-22

Added limitations on open carry and ammunition restrictions in the At A Glance table

2019-02-20

Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

2019-02-15

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-02-06

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

2019-01-25

Added church info to location restrictions section

2019-01-24

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

2019-01-10

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

2018-12-13

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

2018-11-30

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

2018-10-22

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Oklahoma

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