Open Carry law goes into effect Nov. 1
Open Carry law goes into effect on Nov. 1. According to the
Oklahoma Open Carry
Association (OKOCA), the law means that: as of that date, “…it will be legal to
openly carry a handgun in the State of Oklahoma.
This means that any person with a valid handgun license issued by the
Bureau of Investigation has the option to conceal or open carry their handgun.
Open carry means that the firearm is carried in a manner that it is clearly
visible to others, such as in an outside the waistband holster worn on a belt or
in a shoulder holster that is worn on the outside of a shirt, blouse, vest, or
Answers to these frequently asked questions about the Open
Carry law are courtesy of the
Open Carry Association.
Do I need a
permit to open carry? Yes. In
a handgun permit issued by the OSBI is required to legally open carry a
Is there any
restriction on the type of handgun I can open carry? Yes. Oklahoma law limits an open carry or
conceal carry handgun to .45 caliber ammunition or smaller.
carry scare people? Almost every other state in the country allows open
carry. There is no evidence to support the claim that open carry will cause
more violence. The “wild west” image conveyed by those who oppose open carry
is simply rhetoric. There is evidence, including an FBI study, which
indicates that the presence of a firearm significantly reduces a person’s
risk of becoming a victim.
Can I be
charged for disorderly conduct if someone is frightened or offended by my
open carry of a handgun? No. Section 1289.24.A.3. “As provided in the
preemption provisions of this section, the otherwise lawful open carrying of
a handgun under the lawful open carrying of a handgun under the provisions
of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act shall not be punishable by any municipality
or other political subdivision of this state as disorderly conduct,
disturbing the peace or similar offense against public order.”
Is a police
officer allowed to check the serial number on my handgun to see if it is
stolen or check to see if my handgun is safe or not? No. Section 1290.8.E.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize a law enforcement
officer to inspect any weapon properly concealed or unconcealed without
probable cause that a crime has been committed.
Am I required
to provide identification if I am stopped by a police officer? Yes. A
licensed individual must notify a police officer upon first contact if they
are in possession of a handgun. An individual must provide a valid handgun
license issued by the OSBI and state issued ID or driver’s license to a
police officer upon request.