Oklahoma has been an open-carry state for a long time. It allows most adults to carry guns openly or concealed, without a permit, as long as they have legitimate reasons and do not violate other laws. For those carrying a handgun in other states, Oklahoma still issues a license as long as you comply with the gun laws and requirements.

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Oklahoma Self-Defense Act 

In Oklahoma, a concealed handgun is defined as a loaded or unloaded handgun not openly visible to the ordinary observation of a reasonable person. To carry a concealed firearm, you must have knowledge of the provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act

In addition to the requirements, the SDA includes several conditions that might affect the applicant’s right to have a concealed handgun license. The Brady Act regulates firearms purchases, and ineligibility under this federal law also means ineligibility to obtain an Oklahoma SDA license. 

Eligibility for Concealed or Unconcealed Carry

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) may issue a license to any applicant who meets all of the minimum qualifications. To be eligible for a concealed carry license, a person must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Establish residency in Oklahoma. As per the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act, the term “residency” applies to:
  • Any person who possesses a valid Oklahoma driver’s license or a state photo identification card and physically resides in the state
  • A person has permanent military orders within the state and possesses a valid driver license from another state of residency
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Complete a firearms safety and training course and demonstrate competence with the type of handgun to be carried
  • Submit the required fee and complete the application process provided by the law
  • Comply in good faith with the provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act License

However, under Oklahoma law, a person is not allowed to carry a firearm if convicted with:

  • Felony or adjudication as a delinquent
  • Assault and battery causing serious physical injury
  • Violation of Domestic Abuse Act
  • Violation relating to illegal drug use or possession

Important Considerations in Getting a Concealed Carry Permit

Other than the eligibility requirements, here are some important Other than the eligibility requirements, here are some important considerations that you must look into when getting a concealed or open carry permit.

License Application Process

Upon receipt of the application, the local sheriff’s office submits reports and fingerprints to OSBI who will then perform the federal background check for any criminal history. The bureau must make a reasonable effort to investigate the information to ascertain whether the issuance of the license will violate the Oklahoma Handgun License Law. If the background check comes clean, the OSBI can either issue a license or deny the application. 

Firearm Safety Training

Part of the process in getting a concealed or unconcealed handgun license is to complete a firearms safety training course. This is usually conducted by an approved firearms instructor or through an interactive online firearms course certified by the Council of Law Enforcement Education and Training. The online course, however, still requires a live-fire portion where the applicant must show competence and qualification with an authorized handgun of choice.

Duration and Renewal

Generally, a handgun license pursuant to the law is valid for five years. But, as of 2007, applicants have an option to make their license valid for up to 10 years for an additional cost. 

Disclosure of Information

There is an automated listing of all persons with a handgun permit. This contains forms, photographs, fingerprints, and is only available to a law enforcement officer or agency.


Oklahoma City recognizes a valid concealed or unconcealed firearm license issued by another state. The person must disclose the possession when coming in contact with any peace officer. 

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