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Oklahoma Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Everything you need to know about owning a firearm in the state of Oklahoma

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Oklahoma Reciprocity Map

Last Updated: 2021

Oklahoma Concealed Carry Reciprocity Overview

3.9M

STATE POPULATION

272K

LICENSES ISSUED

6.97%

LICENSE PERCENTAGE

50

STATES HONORED

21

MINIMUM AGE TO CC

5/10

YEARS LICENSE VALID

38

RECIPROCATING STATES

YES

CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY

6

CC CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS

Becoming a responsible firearm owner in Oklahoma means gaining a clear understanding of the gun rights and state laws that apply to everyone here. The state is home to 3.9 million people, and Oklahoma has issued around 272,000 concealed carry (CC) licenses as of September 2021. This equates to around 6.8% of the population.

Understanding reciprocity – how gun rights translate across state lines – is important to Oklahoma concealed carry. Oklahoma has reciprocity agreements with 38 states and honors licenses or permits from all 50. The minimum age to CC is 21, and license validity may be for five or 10 years, depending on the choice of the applicant (with higher initial and renewal fees in the latter case).

Those interested in obtaining an Oklahoma concealed carry license need a trusted education partner. Concealed Coalition has trained people across the country on how to carry their weapons safely and effectively. Contact us to find online or local training to get your CC license.

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Summary of Oklahoma Gun Laws

Your Oklahoma Gun Rights

Oklahoma is a shall-issue state, meaning sheriffs are required to provide a firearms license to any applicant meeting the necessary criteria. Background checks are carried out whenever a firearm is bought from a federally licensed dealer, but firearms registration is not required, nor is a permit if buying a gun from a private individual.

Gun rights can differ nationwide, and sometimes within a state. This makes awareness of your home rules crucial. Oklahoma residents should contact their local sheriff’s office for the latest CC information. Here are a few of the basic gun laws:

Open Carry in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is a permitless-carry state, making open carry legal without a license. Doing so is only acceptable under certain circumstances, however. These include fishing, hunting, recreational purposes such as range or target shooting, or for educational purposes. The state requires a minimum age of 21 and meeting the legal requirements for firearm possession to open carry, though the minimum age falls to 18 for active military personnel or veterans.

Concealed Carry in Oklahoma

The same age limits and legal possession requirements apply to CC. It’s also necessary to complete a state-approved firearms course. This is judged by the requirements of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act (OSDA). A certified OSDA firearms instructor must be in charge of the course for it to qualify, with some exemptions that are detailed under the Firearms Training and Competency section further down this page.

Self Defense Laws in Oklahoma

Oklahoma observes Stand Your Ground laws and is a Castle Doctrine state. Residents should review the legal meaning of these before attempting any use of force.

Use of Force

This is allowed if the user reasonably believes force is necessary to prevent harm to themselves or others or to prevent a felony.

Use of Deadly Force

This is permitted under the reasonable belief that it will prevent great bodily harm or death occurring to the user or a third party. Anyone will be presumed to have used deadly force (or force causing great bodily harm) acceptably under circumstances of forcible entry, kidnap, or felony.

Protecting Yourself After Use of Force

Immunity from prosecution is not guaranteed even in the face of Oklahoma’s strong favoring of self-defense, particularly in the home. Read and understand Oklahoma’s use of force laws before considering any defensive action.

Firearms training is a reliable way to gain legal awareness and situational judgment. Concealed Coalition has trained over a million people to become responsible, certified gun owners. Classes are available locally and online.

Oklahoma Gun Laws by Statute

Concealed Coalition is dedicated to dispelling the myths surrounding gun ownership and promoting a culture of understanding, responsibility, and confidence. Our certified instructors are qualified across multiple states, and our online or local training classes provide convenient learning environments run by instructors who care.

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CONCEALED CARRY BASICS IN OKLAHOMA

QUESTION

ANSWER

Does Oklahoma recognize constitutional carry?

Yes.

Is open carry permitted in Oklahoma?

Yes, with a license for anyone at least 18 years old. Open carry is defined as a loaded or unloaded pistol or handgun carried upon the person in a holster where the firearm is visible, or carried upon the person using a scabbard, sling or case designed for carrying firearms.

If Oklahoma requires a license to carry a concealed firearm, how are those licenses issued?

Oklahoma is a shall-issue state.

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

21 years old.

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

No, and handguns larger than .45 caliber or >16″ in length are prohibited.

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

Yes.

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Oklahoma?

Yes.

Does Oklahoma have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Does Oklahoma have ammunition restrictions?

Ammo larger than .45 caliber is prohibited, as are bullets with less than 60% lead at their core. Such bullets are also banned if they can penetrate body armor, are considered high velocity, and have a fluorocarbon coating. 

CONCEALED CARRY LOCATIONS IN OKLAHOMA

QUESTION

ANSWER

Where can't I carry a concealed firearm in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma state law prohibits CC in:

  • Any location prohibited by state regulation or law, or by federal law
  • Private properties or businesses that prohibit firearms on the premises
  • Elementary and secondary schools and school buses
  • Higher educational facilities without express permission
  • On any portion of a premises dedicated primarily to the serving of alcohol
  • Correctional or detention facilities
  • Gambling establishments without the owner’s consent
  • Courtrooms and courthouses
  • Any structure reserved from the local to the state or federal level and designed to serve the public
  • At sporting events in publicly owned arenas without permission from the owners
  • At meetings of appointed or elected officials

Firearms owners should never consider any list of restricted locations exhaustive. Call ahead to ask about the firearms policy of any intended destination and consult with the relevant law enforcement office in that area.

Where can I carry a concealed firearm in Oklahoma?

The following locations are cleared for CC:

  • Places of worship (with permission)
  • Restaurant areas in any area separate from an area dedicated to serving alcohol (with permission)
  • Roadside rest areas
  • In your vehicle
  • On public buses
  • State or national forests and state or national parks (but not in their related buildings)
  • Parks and zoos operated by nonprofit or public trust organizations

It’s advisable to double-check with any of these locations before you CC in them. Laws can change, and it’s better to be safe and informed.

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

Yes. No license is required.

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

Yes.

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

Yes.

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

Not in bars, but this is permitted in restaurant areas, provided no alcohol is served.

Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Oklahoma?

Hotels are private businesses and can set their own rules. CC licensees should always check with the hotel to clarify their position in advance.

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

Yes, under Item B of Section 1290.22.

IMPORTANT GUNS LAWS IN OKLAHOMA

QUESTION

ANSWER

Do you have a duty to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Oklahoma?

There is no duty to inform an officer unless asked.

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.

Yes. Failure to comply constitutes a misdemeanor and may come with a county jail sentence and a fine.

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

Yes, but local authorities may govern the discharge of firearms within their jurisdiction.

Does Oklahoma have a red flag law?

No.

Does Oklahoma state law define brandishing?

No, but reckless conduct and irresponsible pointing are both addressed.

Does Oklahoma have laws regarding carrying a concealed firearm while using alcohol or chemical substances?

No.

Does Oklahoma issue concealed carry licenses to non-residents?

Only if they’re military stationed in the state, or their spouses.

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

No.

HANDGUN PURCHASE & POSSESSION IN OKLAHOMA

QUESTION

ANSWER

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Oklahoma?

No.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Oklahoma?

No.

Does my current Oklahoma concealed carry license exempt me from needing a background check when I purchase firearm? 

No.

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

No.

Do handguns need to be registered in Oklahoma?

No.

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

The minimum age is 18.

Can I possess/carry a handgun in my home in Oklahoma without a license? 

Yes.

OKLAHOMA CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE INFORMATION

Concealed Carry Requirements to Register for a License in Oklahoma

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age or at least 18 years old and is a member of the military, reserves or honorably discharged veteran
  • Be a citizen of the United States with established residency in the State of Oklahoma or a lawful permanent resident in the United States and have established residency in the State 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

Fees:

5 year license
Initial – $100
Renewal – $85

10 year license
Initial – $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.

Applications:

Non-Resident Concealed Carry License:

Licenses 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 or Stolen Licenses:

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.

Residency Changes:

If a person with an Oklahoma Self-Defense Act license establishes residency in another state, the license expires upon the establishment of residence in the other state.

OKLAHOMA CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE APPLICATION PROCESS

Step One:

Step Two:

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

Step Three:

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

Step Four:

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
  • Training certificate. 

Step Five:

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

OKLAHOMA CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE RENEWAL PROCESS

Overview

Renewals can be made within a 90-day window prior to the current license’s expiration. Late applications are accepted for up to three years following license expiration. 

Step One:

The renewal process begins online via the OSDA licensing system, but a printer is required to complete it. Applicants can select a five or 10-year renewal at a fee of $85 or $170, respectively. They may also use the online portal to check the status of their application.

Step Two:

Completed applications must be taken to the applicant’s local sheriff’s office along with a training certificate, two passport-quality photos, and a state ID card or driver’s license.

Step Three:

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

Concealed Carry for Law Enforcement Officers and Retired LEOs

The federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) allows both active and retired law enforcement officers (LEOs) to CC anywhere in the U.S. with some restrictions. A LEOSA-dedicated body doesn’t exist in Oklahoma, with the closest equivalent being the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET).

CLEET sets the required standards for firearms proficiency for LEOs, thus RLEOs seeking to CC in Oklahoma must have been employed to those standards by a state, county, municipal, or federal law enforcement agency before retirement or have been commissioned as a reserve peace officer to the same training standards. RLEOs can review the application form for a firearms permit for more information.

Firearms Training & Competency

The certified instructors at Concealed Coalition will teach you the applicable laws for your state and how to carry and fire a firearm safely. Training is available across the U.S. and online, so contact us to sign up or ask any questions.

It’s necessary to complete a state-approved firearms training program for Oklahoma concealed carry. There are other ways to improve your firearms skills or to provide alternate qualifications that will be viewed as proof of firearms training and competency. These options are:

NRA Training

The NRA offers training at a wide range of locations. Use the local training locator to find specific lessons. You should prioritize classes teaching firearms safety and familiarity with the gun you intend to use.

Hunter Safety Courses

The Oklahoma Wildlife Department offers hunter education courses covering firearms safety and many other topics. Traditional in-class and online options are available. Both are free of charge and take eight or four hours to complete, respectively. 

Firearms Safety Courses From Other Providers

Public and private institutions, individuals, colleges, or law enforcement agencies often provide firearms training. Instructors must meet Oklahoma’s requirements to teach a firearms course.

A Firearms Training Course With a State-Certified Instructor

Concealed Coalition offers firearms training to help you gain a CC license. Our highly trained instructors provide actionable lessons based on their extensive practical experience to ensure you gain tested and reliable skills.

DD Form 214 or Military Orders for Active or Former Military Members

The military document DD 214 is issued when a service member performs active duty or has completed at least 90 consecutive days of active-duty training.

Those honorably discharged from the military, National Guard, or military reserves within 20 years of their firearms application, were trained in the use of handguns, and are legal residents of Oklahoma may consider this sufficient proof of firearms competency.

Anyone on active military, National Guard, or regular military reserve duty and trained in the use of handguns may consider their status sufficient for license qualification. (They must also be a legal resident of Oklahoma.)

Exceptions

  • If you’re already a qualified firearms instructor
  • Being a LEO or RLEO or an officer of the federal government
  • Any individual with CLEET certification for their line of employment
  • Retired peace officers from other states who retired in good standing and are legal residents of that state with CLEET-equivalent training
  • Any other individual deemed qualified for a training exemption by CLEET

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