Business owners have the right to control the presence of guns on their premises, and it appears many are treading carefully since Oklahoma’s open-carry law went into effect Nov. 1.
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Questions for businesses about open carry:
Q: Do I have to post a sign if I want to ban firearms at my business?
A: No, the statute doesn’t require a sign. Business owners can state their policy verbally.
Q: Can I allow concealed firearms but not open carry?
A: Yes. What, if any, firearms are allowed inside is at the business owner’s discretion.
Q: Can I prohibit someone from keeping a gun inside his or her car in the parking lot?
A: No, the law allows gun owners to secure the firearm inside a locked vehicle.
Q: Can I ask someone who is openly carrying to show me his or her permit?
A: You can ask but you can’t compel them to show it. License holders, by law, are only required to show their permit to law enforcement.
Source: Attorney Matthew Love