Oklahoma lacks many basic gun safety protections, and in fact has weakened its gun laws in recent years. Lawmakers must take immediate action to reverse this deadly trend.
In 2018, state legislators failed their residents by expanding the state’s dangerous “stand your ground” law, making it easier for public conflicts to turn deadly. In 2020, Oklahoma had the 12th-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the 25th-highest rate. To protect residents from gun violence, Oklahoma legislators could require a background check and waiting period on all gun sales, enact an extreme risk protection law, and strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and violent hate crimes.
What Oklahoma Does Well
- Certain child access prevention laws
What Oklahoma Is Missing
- Universal background checks
- Gun owner licensing
- Extreme risk protection orders
- Most domestic violence gun laws
- Assault weapon restrictions
- Large capacity magazine ban
- Waiting periods
- Community violence intervention funding
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