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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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/articleid/3723067/1/pictures/1867624">Photo - At right: Michael Butler stands guard with his gun exposed at Absolute Diamond & Gold Buyers in Oklahoma City. The business is one of several that will continue to allow its employees and customers to carry their weapon concealed Thursday but will advise against open carry. Photo by Steve Gooch,  The Oklahoman
At right: Michael Butler stands guard with his gun exposed at Absolute Diamond & Gold Buyers in Oklahoma City. The business is one of several that will continue to allow its employees and customers to carry their weapon concealed Thursday but will advise against open carry. Photo by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

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


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