Oklahoma prohibits a child (person under age 18) from possessing any firearm except for participation in hunting animals, hunter safety classes, education and training in the safe use and handling of firearms, target shooting, or skeet, trap or other sporting events or competitions (provided the child is not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms).1
In addition, whenever a person under age 18 is detained or arrested by a law enforcement officer and is carrying any firearm prohibited by state law, the firearm may be confiscated and forfeited to the state.2
Oklahoma also bars any person from selling or giving to a child under age 18 any firearm, provided that this “shall not prohibit a parent of a child or legal guardian of a child, or a person acting with the permission of the parent of the child or legal guardian of the child, from giving the child a firearm for participation in hunting animals or fowl, hunter safety classes, education and training in the safe use and handling of firearms, target shooting, skeet, trap or other sporting events or competitions…”3
Any person who violates these provisions is liable for civil damages for injury or death to any person and for any property damage resulting from any discharge of a firearm by the child.4 Federal law imposes additional age restrictions.
See our Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
- Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, §§ 1273 (C), (E), 1283(D).
- Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, § 1271.1(A).
- Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, § 1273(A), (E).
- Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, § 1273(D).