State Law Background
Among other things, Oklahoma does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed parties;
- Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require gun owners to obtain a license, register their firearms, or report lost or stolen firearms;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Significantly regulate ammunition;
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Give local law enforcement discretion to deny a handgun license for either concealed or open carry.
In 2016, Oklahoma had the 5th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Oklahoma had the 23rd highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2009–meaning that crime guns originally sold in Oklahoma were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 23rd highest rate among the states. Oklahoma supplied nearly four times as many crime guns to other states as it imported from other states.
Oklahoma Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Oklahoma, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.