Oklahoma’s constitutional carry law officially took effect at 12 a.m. on Nov. 1. So what does constitutional carry mean? It means that under certain circumstances individuals in Oklahoma will be allowed to carry firearms either openly or in a concealed manner without a permit or training ahead of time.

So who will be allowed to carry firearms without a permit or training ahead of time? Under the new law Oklahoma will now allow anyone over the age of 21 to carry a gun without a license. Constitutional carry also means that individuals who are 18 and older and are in the military are also allowed to carry a gun without a license
There are some exceptions established under the old laws that remain in place. These exceptions will apply to the new law and place some limits on the new constitutional carry laws. Under the new law, felons, those with domestic violence convictions and some people with mental illness will still not be allowed to carry a gun.

Under the new law, many places are still off-limits to guns, such as where statutes or private property rules prohibit weapons. The new law does not allow you to carry a concealed or unconcealed handgun in schools, public or private sports arenas, gambling facilities, or government buildings unless otherwise allowed under Oklahoma law. Additionally, gun owners are not allowed to carry on private property unless it is allowed by the owner.

The new constitutional carry provisions do not abolish the permit process as gun owners can still obtain a license in Oklahoma, with reciprocity recognized in multiple states across the nation. Additionally the new law maintains the background checks required for some types of sales of firearms. Furthermore, the new laws maintain the current provisions that require you to disclose guns in your possession when requested by a law enforcement officer.

By Mandy Schroeder

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