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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 2019, Oklahoma had the 11th-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the 24th-highest rate. To protect residents from gun violence, Oklahoma legislators could require a background check and waiting period on all gun sales and require people who live with minors to store their firearms safely.

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


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.