Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
Oklahoma prohibits knowingly transferring a firearm to:
- A convicted felon;1
- An adjudicated delinquent;2
- A person under the influence of alcohol or drugs;3 or
- Any person who is “mentally deficient,” of “unsound mind,” under adjudication of mental incompetency or otherwise mentally or emotionally unbalanced or disturbed.4
A convicted felon may not have a handgun “imitation or homemade pistol, altered air or toy pistol, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun or rifle, or any other dangerous or deadly firearm.”5
Furthermore, a person serving a term of probation for any felony may not possess or control a handgun, “shotgun or rifle, including any imitation or homemade pistol, altered air or toy pistol [or] shotgun or rifle.”6
Finally, any person previously adjudicated as a delinquent child or youthful offender for the commission of an offense which would have constituted a felony if committed by an adult may not have a handgun, “imitation or homemade pistol, altered air or toy pistol, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun or rifle, or any other dangerous or deadly firearm within ten…years after such adjudication.”7
See our Prohibited Purchasers Generally policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.