Possession of Sawed-Off Shotgun in Oklahoma – Law & Punishment

sawed-off shotgun arrest oklahoma defense attorneyIt’s a violation of 21 O.S. § 1289.18 to have a sawed-off shotgun or a sawed-off rifle in your possession or under your immediate control, whether its concealed or not. Possession means having actual physical custody, or knowledge of the weapon’s presence, as well as power and intent to control
its use or disposition.

It is a defense to prosecution under this law to introduce the approved application form that authorized the making or transfer of the particular firearm to the defendant. The form must indicate that the registration of the firearm to the defendant is pursuant to the National Firearms Act.

Definition of Sawed-Off Shotgun & Sawed-Off Rifle

A “sawed-off shotgun” is any firearm capable of discharging a series of projectiles of any material that may reasonably be expected to be able to cause lethal injury. The barrel or barrels must be less than 18” long. It must use either gunpowder, gas, or any means of rocket propulsion.

A “sawed-off rifle” is any rifle having a barrel or barrels of less than 16” long or any weapon made from a rifle (whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise) if such a weapon, as modified, has an overall length of less than 26” long, including the stock portion.


This crime is a felony. The maximum punishment in the Department of Corrections is two years. The maximum fine is $1,000.

Source: 21 O.S. § 1289.18

Current as of March 24, 2020. Laws are subject to change at any time! Go to the sources cited above for the most up-to-date law.

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