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Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

Oklahoma’s Self Defense Act allows for individuals with an open or concealed carry permit to carry a firearm in public. However, certain people may not possess a firearm under any circumstances and there are places throughout the state where no one except for law enforcement may be armed.

Who May Not Carry a Firearm?

Some people are not eligible for a gun permit in Oklahoma. They include:

  • - Minors under the age of 18
  • - Non-residents
  • - Convicted felons
  • - Those facing pending felony charges
  • - Those with a pending permanent protective order entered against them

Where Carrying Is Illegal

Even those with a legal permit may not carry a gun in the following locations:

  • - School property (including busses)
  • - Bars
  • - Government buildings
  • - Sporting arenas
  • - Casinos

Penalties for Unlawful Possession

If you illegally possess a firearm or if you have a permit to carry and do so in a location where firearms are illegal, you can face serious consequences that include time behind bars and expensive fines. The following are some of the charges that fall under this umbrella:

  • - Allowing a child to possess a weapon: punishable by up to 30 days in jail, maximum fine of $250
  • - Possession of a weapon by a convicted felon: punishable by one to 10 years in prison
  • - Possession of a weapon in a bar: punishable by up to two years in jail, maximum fine of $1,000
  • - Possession of a gun under the influence: punishable by 10 days to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500

If you are stopped by an officer while carrying a firearm—whether or not you have a permit—you are obligated to tell him or her that you are armed. Failure to do so is punishable by a maximum $100 fine.

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