I have a protective order against the abuser. Can s/he keep a gun or buy a gun?
Oklahoma state law does not automatically make it illegal for a person to have a gun if there is a protective order issued against him/her. A judge does have the option of including a firearm restriction in a protective order however. If there is a firearm restriction included in a protective order, then the respondent in that order cannot have a gun during the period of time that the order is in effect.1
In addition, in Oklahoma, a person subject to a protective order cannot get a handgun license, which is needed to carry a handgun, for three years from the date the order is issued even if the order expires before three years. However, if the order is canceled or dismissed by a court within those three years, then s/he does not have to wait three years. S/he can qualify for a handgun license to 60 days from the date the order is canceled or dismissed.2
Also, federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict a person’s right to have a gun under certain circumstances. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.