Obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Oklahoma is similar to buying a firearm, but the venue is with Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation rather than the federal government.
The process, however, is a little more intensive than when buying the weapon.
An applicant must fill out a form with personal identification information and answer several qualifier questions relating to citizenship status, criminal record, use of alcohol or controlled substances and mental health history.
To be eligible to apply for a permit, one must be a citizen, an established resident, at least 21 years old and must have completed a firearms safety and training course.
Answers to most prohibitive questions are run against the state's criminal database, with the exception of mental health questions.
The bureau will check names against an Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse database that maintains records of persons adjudicated mentally defective or involuntarily committed to a state mental hospital.
Answers to a question about other mental health issues, such as suicide attempts, are self-reported and not run against any database.
A person who answers positively to that question, or who admits to having sought treatment for a mental illness in the preceding three years, must submit a supplemental OSBI Mental Health Certification Form.
With his signature, a physician must indicate the applicant is no longer diagnosed with or disabled by a mental illness and has not undergone treatment or taken medication for any mental illness for three years, or has been stabilized on medication for 10 years or more.
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