Carry permit is easy to obtain
The new open-carry law in Oklahoma applies only to people assigned a permit to carry a gun by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
To be eligible for a carry permit, a person must be a U.S. citizen, an established resident, at least 21 years old and must have completed a firearms safety and training course.
The bureau will conduct a background check, and an applicant must demonstrate on a questionnaire that he or she has no prior criminal record, no history of substance abuse and no history of mental health issues.
The bureau will check the applicant's name against a state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services database that maintains records of persons adjudicated mentally defective or involuntarily committed to a state mental hospital.
The bureau also will check the name of any applicant 28 years or younger with the state Office of Juvenile Affairs to determine if the applicant was adjudicated delinquent within the past 10 years.
Many of these preclusions are based on a specific prohibitive period, and rights can be restored after a certain period of time.
The cost is $100 for a five-year permit, or $200 for 10 years. It can cost up to $100 to be processed.
Licenses will be issued or denied within 60 days if no prohibitive records are revealed.
Currently more than 141,000 concealed-carry permits have been issued in Oklahoma. Each of these will be considered valid for open carry beginning Thursday.
Twenty-nine states have no law that prohibits the open carrying of handguns. Oklahoma will join 14 others that allow it as long as a person has a state-issued permit.
Five states will remain that do not allow the open carrying of firearms, including Arkansas and Texas.
California banned the practice last year with the exception of its unincorporated areas.