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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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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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