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Oklahoma, the state where the first electric guitar was ever invented, is an open carry state. You don’t need a permit to carry a firearm while in the state.
And with the elimination of licenses for concealed carry in 2019, you also don’t need a license to carry a concealed weapon in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma might be an open carry state but there are some strict regulations for ownership and use of these firearms.
For starters, not everyone is allowed to be in possession of a firearm in the state and there are specific locations where discharge of firearms is prohibited. Read on.
Can You Shoot on Your Property in Oklahoma?
Yes, you can shoot on your property in Oklahoma. With the state being a Castle Doctrine state just like Ohio and several other states, shooting on your property is permissible by law.
This means that the law permits its residents to use self-defense as a way to deal with intruders who invade their home or property.
As per the Castle Doctrine, it is legal for you to use deadly force when an intruder threatens your safety or the safety of your property.
If the situation gives you no chance to retreat, you can pull the trigger for the sake of your safety, the safety of those around you and the safety of your property.
On the other hand, the state does not entertain careless shooting. You don’t have to feel unsafe in your own home but you could be facing serious jail term for discharging a firearm without reason in the state.
When Is It Unlawful to Possess a Firearm in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma is a permit-less carry state but there are scenarios when gun possession is prohibited. For starters, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to possess or carry a forearm.
It is also illegal for you to carry a weapon if you have been involved in crimes of violence.
Another scenarios where gun possession is include is a person is intoxicated or has a history of drug and substance abuse.
Carrying a firearm with the intention of committing a crime is a crime on its own. And so is discharge of firearms in a public place or any other restricted area in the state.
Lastly, do not intentionally point your firearm to intimidate or cause fear.
Can Anyone Purchase a Firearm in Oklahoma?
Not anyone can purchase firearms in Oklahoma. Oklahoma might be a constitutional carry state but it also one of the states that regulate the possession, purchase and use of firearms. For you to qualify for purchase of firearms:
- You should be 21 years of age or older.
- You should have no criminal record.
- You should be mentally and physically fit to handle a firearm.
- You should have basic gun-handling skills.
Can You Use Your Firearm for Hunting in Oklahoma?
I know that there is always an option to visit shooting or gun ranges near the state or anywhere in your area. However, you wouldn’t want to be left out of this celebrated outdoor adventure, would you? Well, not to worry, Oklahoma allows use of firearms for hunting purposes.
But first, a hunting license is a requirement unless you intend to hunt on own property.
If you are hunting on a privately owned piece of land, please note that it is unlawful to do so without consent from the property owner.
As I try to curb the increasing personal and property crimes, I should also remember that firearms are lethal and they can cause serious injury if handled carelessly.
You might spend your life in prison for intentionally discharging a firearm and causing harm or death with no acceptable explanation.