The statute that outlines the eligibility for legally carrying a handgun in Oklahoma is 21 O.S. § 1290.8. It states that you have the authority to carry a concealed or unconcealed handgun in Oklahoma when you are not otherwise prohibited by law and:
- You have been issued a handgun license from the OSBI pursuant to the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act, provided that you are in compliance with the Oklahoma Self- Defense Act, and the license has not expired or been subsequently suspended or revoked; or
- You are 21 years old or older, and are either
- active military; or
- a member of the Reserve or National Guard (to include Drill Status Guard and Reserve), Active Guard Reserves, or a Military Technician and present a valid military identification card, which will be considered a valid handgun license issued pursuant to the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.
A person in possession of a valid handgun license or who meets the criteria and presents a valid military identification card as provided for in this law and in compliance with the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act is authorized to carry a concealed or unconcealed handgun while bow hunting or fishing.
You must have possession of your valid handgun license or valid military identification card and a valid Oklahoma driver license or an Oklahoma State photo identification at all times when in possession of an authorized pistol. You must display the handgun license, or a valid military identification card, upon the demand of a law enforcement officer; provided, however, that in the absence of reasonable and articulable suspicion of other criminal activity, you can’t be disarmed or physically restrained unless the you fail to display a valid handgun license or a valid military identification card in response to that demand.
A violation of this law is a misdemeanor. The maximum punishment for the first violation is 30 days in the county jail. The range of fine is $100–$250. On the second and subsequent violations, the range of punishment in the county jail is 30 days–3 months, and the range of fine is $250–$500.
Any second or subsequent violation of 21 O.S. § 1290.8 is grounds for the OSBI to suspend the handgun license for a period of six months, in addition to any other penalty imposed.
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