Concealed Carry State Laws In Oklahoma
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Oklahoma refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Oklahoma are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Oklahoma
While in Oklahoma there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Oklahoma the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
Oklahoma 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.”
As of 2013, To obtain a CCW permit in Oklahoma; The first step is to take a class by a certified instructor. Upon successful completion of the class, you will need to fill out an application provided by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation which can be downloaded from the OSBI website. You will also need to obtain 2 passport size photos. Take your original class completion certificate, completed OSBI application, and passport photos to your local sheriff’s office. There, you will have two sets of fingerprints taken and your application packet will be reviewed. You will need to have a certified check or money order made payable to OSBI for $100 and another certified check or money order made payable to your sheriff’s office for $25.
In 2012 Nearly 40,000 concealed carry permits were issued in Oklahoma, the highest total ever recorded. The latest permit totals in Oklahoma also show they were issued at record levels during the first and last years of Obama's first term in office.
Concealed carry applications are up across the state. In fact, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations says applications for gun permits more than doubled this January (2013) compared to last January. In Ellis County, it's even more impressive. People applied for gun licenses at twice the rate when compared to all the other 76 Oklahoma counties.
Gun laws in Oklahoma regulate the sale, the possession, and the use of firearms and ammunition in the state. Oklahoma is generally a Pro-Gun state, and has mostly less-restrictive gun laws. Being part of the Southern and Western U.S., Oklahoma is home to a very strong gun culture, and of which is clearly reflected in Oklahoma's primarily pro-gun laws.
May 15, 2012; Oklahoma State Senate Bill 1733 was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin, which authorized open and concealed carry of handguns by permit holders. This law took effect November 1, 2012, and made Oklahoma the 25th state to allow licensed open carry.
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2013, Concealed Carry Permits are way up in Oklahoma; The Oklahoma Self-Defense Act gives the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation 60 days to process applications of people with clean background checks and 90 days if the background check raises flags. But the OSBI's processing time for all requests has been averaging about 94 days. The department is working hard to streamline the process, yet was not expecting to massive volume of CCW permit requests, apparently the direct result of fears over the Obama administrations attempts to force gun control upon the states.
Starting in 2012, gun owners with a permit can carry loaded firearms openly in public for the first time since before Oklahoma became a state. In general, Senate Bill 1733, signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin in May of 2012, amends the state’s concealed weapons laws by removing the word “concealed.” The law amendments also recognize the right of permitted gun carriers to carry handguns openly on their private property and allow people with permits issued in other states to carry their weapons in public.
In Oklahoma anyone licensed to carry a concealed firearm can choose to carry a weapon out in the open, in a belt or shoulder holster, loaded or unloaded. Oklahoma has 142,000+ men and woman licensed to carry concealed weapons. Now Oklahoma joins 43 other states in the nation to have some form of licensed open carry.
The most active members of Oklahoma's pro-gun lobby said President Barack Obama's push for tighter gun restrictions is “feel good” politics at the cost of sound gun policy. President Obama accused the national gun lobby of “ginning up” fears that the federal government is looking to take away gun rights.
January 2013, Oklahoma strongly supports the second amendment, in recent legislation put up for a vote a bill was introduced which reads: "Federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations, bans or registration requirements regarding firearms constitute an infringement on the individual right to keep and bear arms in the Constitution of the United States...and are hereby declared to be invalid in the State of Oklahoma."
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