Oklahoma has a “shall issue” policy for concealed carry permits, which means that as long as an individual meets the basic requirements for a permit, the state must issue them one. This allows individuals to carry concealed firearms in most public places, but there are some exceptions to this general rule.
One exception to the rule allowing the carrying of concealed firearms in public in Oklahoma is in schools. It is illegal to carry a concealed firearm on school property, including in buildings, on playgrounds, and at school-sponsored events. This general rule applies to both public and private schools, and applies to students, staff, and visitors. The Self Defense Act allows exceptions to the general rule.
Another exception to the rule is in courthouses. Generally it is illegal to carry a concealed firearm in any courthouse or courtroom in Oklahoma. This applies to both individuals who have a concealed carry permit and those who do not. However, the SDA allows exceptions for Judges and courthouse employees.
A third general exception is in certain government buildings. It is illegal to carry a concealed firearm in any building that is owned or leased by the state or federal government, unless the building has been specifically designated as a place where concealed firearms are allowed. This includes buildings such as state capitol buildings and federal courthouses.
Additionally, it is illegal to carry a concealed firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This means that if an individual is under the influence alcohol or drugs, even if they have a concealed carry permit, they are not allowed to carry an open or concealed firearm in public.
Overall, while Oklahoma generally allows individuals to carry concealed firearms in public, there are some exceptions to this rule. It is important for individuals to understand these exceptions and comply with them in order to avoid violating the state’s gun laws.