When Can I Carry A Firearm Without A License In Oklahoma

Firearms

Oklahoma’s open carry law is 21 O.S. § 1289.6. It states that a person may carry loaded and unloaded shotguns, rifles, and pistols open and not concealed and without a handgun license under to the following conditions:

  1. When hunting animals or fowl;
  2. During competition in or practicing in a safety or hunter safety class, target shooting, skeet, trap, or other recognized sporting events;
  3. During participation in or in preparation for a military function of the state military forces (Oklahoma Army or Air National Guard), Federal Military Reserve, and active military forces. Oklahoma Army or Air National Guard personnel with proper authorization and performing a military function may carry loaded or unloaded and concealed weapons on Oklahoma Military Department facilities in accordance with rules promulgated by the Adjutant General;
  4. During participation in or in preparation for a recognized police function of either a municipal, county, or state government as functioning police officials;
  5. During a practice for or a performance for entertainment purposes;
  6. For lawful self-defense and self-protection or any other legitimate purpose in or on property that is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise legally controlled by the person; or
  7. For any legitimate purpose not in violation of the Oklahoma Firearms Act of 1971 or any legislative enactment regarding the use, ownership, and control of firearms.

A person is allowed to carry unloaded shotguns, rifles, and pistols open and not concealed and without a handgun license under the following conditions:

  1. When going to or from the person’s private residence or vehicle or a vehicle in which the person is riding as a passenger to a place designated or authorized for: firearms repairs or reconditioning; firearms trade, sale, or barter; gunsmith, hunting animals or fowl; hunter safety course; target shooting; skeet or trap shooting; or any recognized firearms activity or event and while in such places; or
  2. For any legitimate purpose not in violation of the Oklahoma Firearms Act of 1971.

This law doesn’t prohibit educational or recreational activities, exhibitions, displays, or shows involving the use or display of rifles, shotguns, pistols, or other weapons if the activity is approved by the property owner and sponsor of the activity.

Source: 21 O.S. § 1289.6

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