Child Access Prevention
Oklahoma has no law that imposes a penalty on someone who fails to secure an unattended firearm and leaves it accessible to an unsupervised minor.
However, Oklahoma law does provide that:
“It shall be unlawful for any parent or guardian to intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly permit his or her child to possess any [firearm]…if such parent is aware of a substantial risk that the child will use the weapon to commit a criminal offense or if the child has either been adjudicated a delinquent or has been convicted as an adult for any criminal offense that contains as an element the threat or use of physical force against the person of another.”1
A “child” is defined as a person under 18 years of age.2
Oklahoma law also specifically penalizes any parent or guardian of a child under age 18 whose child commits the crime of possession of a firearm on school property.3
Oklahoma has no law that requires unattended firearms to be stored in a certain way.
Oklahoma does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm, although federal law applies, and no state statutes require firearm owners to lock their weapons.
State administrative regulations may govern the storage of firearms in certain locations, however. See the Oklahoma Administrative Code for further information.
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- Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, § 1273(B).
- Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, § 1273(E).
- Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, § 858.