Attorney Angela Singleton - Oklahoma City Criminal Defense

Who Is Unable To Lawfully Own A Gun In Oklahoma?

Oklahoma gun laws state anyone who has been convicted of a felony in the United States is unable to lawfully own a gun unless they’ve been given a full and complete pardon. Additionally, anyone who is serving a term of probation for any felony is also unable to own a gun. This includes people that are on probation for charges that did not result in a criminal conviction. Also, someone who was adjudicated as a juvenile for an offense that would have been a felony had they been an adult is not allowed to have a gun within 10 years of that adjudication. Finally, anyone who has a conviction for a crime involving domestic violence, including a misdemeanor conviction, is unable to own a gun. This includes anyone who is serving probation for a domestic violence charge, even if it’s a misdemeanor or if it’s a term of probation that doesn’t result in a conviction. That individual cannot possess a firearm while they’re serving that probation.

What Is The Difference Between Concealed Carry And Open Carry?

A concealed carry is when you carry a gun on your person or in your vehicle, in a manner that is not visible to any passerby. Open carry is carrying a weapon in a place that is apparent to anyone. Typically you see this with people openly carrying their weapon in a holster on their belt.

What Are The Requirements To Legally Carry A Weapon Openly Under The Law?

There are certain events in which you are legally allowed to carry a firearm without a license. One common exception is if you’re hunting. However, if you legally carry a loaded firearm, a loaded handgun concealed or opened, you have to have a license authorized under the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act. To be eligible for this license, you have to be a US citizen, you have to be a resident of Oklahoma, you have to be at least 21 years of age, and unless there’s some sort of exemption, you have to complete a safety or training course. You also have to legally be able to possess a firearm in the first place. No one who was convicted of a felony, or otherwise precluded from owning a firearm, to begin with, can carry a weapon openly.

What Kinds Of Guns Are Allowable?

The Oklahoma Self-Defense Act allows you to obtain a license to carry a handgun. You cannot carry any illegal imitation or homemade pistol. There are also restrictions on the type of ammunition that you can carry.

Where Can Someone Legally Carry A Gun In Oklahoma?

You can legally carry a gun anywhere that is not excluded by law. You can’t carry it into a private establishment or a business that indicates that they do not want weapons in their establishment.

What Places Generally Prohibit People From Carrying A Handgun?

Even if you have a permit to carry the gun, you cannot carry a weapon to any place where alcohol is consumed. However, if you are the owner of the establishment, you can have a firearm for protection as long as you’re not consuming alcohol while you have that weapon with you. You are also not allowed to carry a firearm, regardless of your license, into any city, county, state, or federal building. You can’t take a firearm in any courthouse, courtroom, prison, jail, or detention facility. You can’t carry it into a public sporting venue, during a professional sporting event, unless allowed by the event holder. You cannot carry it into any place where gambling is allowed, and you cannot carry it into any school unless the school board or the governing body of the private institution establishes a policy for permitted people to carry inside the school.

Can A Permit Holder Carry Firearms In Their Vehicle?

You are allowed to keep a loaded handgun concealed in your vehicle if you have that license.

How Should A Gun Carrier Deal With a Law Enforcement Officer?

Anyone that’s licensed to carry a handgun is required to have that license with him or her at all time and to present that license on the demand of any law enforcement officer. My advice would be not to wait for that demand. If you are stopped for a traffic violation, tell the officer immediately that you have a license to carry a handgun, and that you do have a loaded weapon in your car. Do not reach for the weapon, do not reach for your license or anything else until the officer tells you what to do.

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