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Know the Laws: Oklahoma

UPDATED May 25, 2017

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WomensLaw.org strongly recommends that you get in touch with a domestic violence advocate in your community for more information on gun laws in your area. Go to the OK Where to Find Help page to find help.

Guns and Criminal Convictions

back to topIf the abuser has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, can s/he keep or buy a gun?

No.  Under federal law, if the abuser has been convicted of a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor, s/he cannot have or buy a gun.* If you're not sure if the abuser has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, see What crimes are considered domestic violence misdemeanors?

In addition, Oklahoma state law makes it illegal for someone convicted of certain crimes to have a gun.  To read the list of crimes, go to I am a victim of domestic violence and the abuser has a gun. Is that legal?

* 18 USC § 922(g)(9)

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back to topIf a law enforcement officer is convicted of a crime, can s/he own, have or buy a gun?

Law enforcement officers or other government officials (such as members of the military) who have been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or a felony cannot own, have or buy guns for any purpose, including their official duties, according to federal law.*

* 18 USC § 925(a)(1)

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back to topHow can I find out if the abuser has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or felony?

Criminal records are open to the public, but they are not always easy to access.  If you know the exact courthouse where the abuser may have been convicted, you can go to the courthouse and ask the clerk of court for access to those records.

Criminal records are also kept in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  However, no one other than law enforcement officials and licensed firearm sellers are allowed to search the NICS.

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