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.
One cannot carry a handgun, permit or not, while under the influence of alcohol, prescribed drugs or non-prescribed drugs that impair mental, emotional or physical processes.
The gun can be loaded or unloaded and must be carried in a belt or shoulder holster or in a scabbard or case designed for carrying firearms.
The gun must be a pistol of .45 caliber or less and must be less than 16 inches in length.
A violation of the law carries state penalties, including fines and/or imprisonment, and a permit to carry may be revoked after a determination hearing by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
No municipality or other political subdivision of the state may adopt a law that trumps or exceeds the state law, with the exception of laws that concern the discharge of firearms within a municipality or the proper transport of firearms.
The open carrying of firearms also will be allowed by out-of-state residents with a state-issued permit.
Zeke Campfield, Staff Writer