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At a glance: Facts about open carry in Oklahoma

Permits and prohibited places are among few restrictions to carrying firearms openly in Oklahoma beginning Nov. 1.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Published: October 29, 2012
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At a glance

Facts about open carry

Beginning Thursday, permitted adults can carry a handgun visibly in Oklahoma with few exceptions.

Senate Bill 1733, signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin in May, amends the Oklahoma Firearms Act of 1971, the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act and several associated acts.

Prohibited places include:

•  Establishments licensed to sell alcoholic beverages where alcoholic beverages are consumed on premises and constitute the primary purpose of business

•  Government buildings, or places where government bodies are holding a meeting

•  Prisons, jails or detention centers

•  Elementary or secondary schools

•  Colleges, universities and technology centers, except where authorized

•  Sports arenas during a professional sporting event

•  Places that host certain types of pooled wagering, such as horse racing tracks

•  Any other place specifically prohibited by law

Businesses and property owners maintain the right to individually prohibit firearms, but no one may establish or enforce a policy that prohibits the carrying or storing of a handgun in a permitted carrier's vehicle.

The law specifically excludes government parks and fairgrounds as well, though buildings at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City for example are considered municipal buildings and are off-limits. Handguns also will be barred from events that require roping or gating off portions of the park, such as the annual fair, according to State Fair Park directors.

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