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SO YOU THINK YOU WANT TO CARRY A FIREARM?
If you have been thinking about getting a handgun and your carry license (if required by your state), it's much more complicated than just doing those 2 things - you need to ask yourself several questions before proceeding. Below is an excerpt from some of my class material that should help you make your decision.
Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Getting Your Carry Permit & Cost Considerations (Updated 2-4-2016)
For Oklahoma residents, most firearms-related laws which people (civilians) have questions about can be found in Title 21, Chapter 53 of the Oklahoma statutes. Scroll down about 2/3 the way to the bottom and you will find the section.
If you wish to apply for a handgun carry permit, also known as the Oklahoma Self Defense Act, all the information is here at the OSBI's website.
There are additional laws and regulations for security officers and private investigators which can be found in Title 59, Chapter 42A of the Oklahoma statutes. Scroll down about 7/8 of the way to the bottom and you will find this section. Additional rules are in the Oklahoma Secretary of State's Office of Administrative Rules (OAR) Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC), Title 390 (click on View Code button and then scroll down for link to Title 390).
Also, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a very important opinion on 2/19/2014 regarding security guards, private investigators and their carrying of firearms. Read it here.
For Oklahoma Armed Private Investigators: For convenience purposes, I used Vistaprint.com to make a 4-panel, foldable business card that I can hand to law enforcement personnel who may not be familiar with the firearms carry laws as they pertain to licensees. Below is the Microsoft Word file with the relevant laws in case you would like to print them out to carry with you and or copy and paste them to Vistaprint (or your preferred vendor) and make some cards yourself. Of course, it is is always a good idea to double check the laws cited as they are subject to change.
(You will have to download this file and open it with Microsoft Word.)
(Note: I placed the Title 21 and Title 59 citations on the outside panels of the card (one Title on each panel) and the AG's opinion covers the 2 panels inside when you open up the card.)
Other states' laws & traveling:
Get the smart phone app, LEGAL HEAT. It's updated very frequently, however, if you have questions about any type of defensive weapon carry laws, ALWAYS be sure to double check the laws in your respective state with an official state government office and or website, such as your state's attorney general's office. And if you travel on any commercial, public transportation - bus, taxi, airline, etc., be sure you thoroughly check your baggage and remove any weapons before boarding. Check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website AND your respective carrier for prohibited items and procedures to transport firearms, if allowed, and check frequently as rules and regulations change. It is imperative that you remember that not all states/jurisdictions allow civilians to carry firearms or other defensive weapons (sad, but true) and won't honor your state's permit/license. Also, some states allow firearms carry but may not necessarily honor your state's permit/license. So, it is of the utmost importance that you perform your due diligence and research the states/jurisdictions to where you will be traveling or you may very well wind up in a lot of trouble! See the State Carry Permit Reciprocity Info section below.
Help with finding guns, ammo, reloading supplies, shooting ranges, gun shows, gun shops, etc.
The Shooting Club (Get the app, too.)
Where to Shoot (Get the app, too.)
All Gun Groups (list of national & state organizations)
Concealed Carry (be sure to get their Concealed Carry Gun Tools app for smartphones!)
Students For Concealed Carry (aka Concealed Campus)
TacTissy - For the Ladies!
State Carry Permit Reciprocity Info:
(Warning: Be extremely careful when traveling away from your home state and transporting any kind of weapon - ALWAYS double check other states' laws through their official state government websites such as the attorney general and or state highway patrol websites. And when doing your legal research, also be sure to check for attorney general opinions as they usually carry the weight of law and remain in effect unless otherwise rescinded by succeeding A.G.'s. - this is very important!! Of course, if you have questions, be sure to consult a knowledgeable attorney.)
Concealed Carry (be sure to get their Concealed Carry Gun Tools app for smartphones!)
For Law Enforcement Officers (LEO's): Police Magazine Article: Does the LEOSA Carry Law Apply to You?
Excellent Articles on the 2nd Amendment and Self Defense:
A community driven interactive database and map of pro and anti-gun businesses. Find out which local businesses honor and respect your Constitutional right to carry and defend yourself and your family.....and those that don't!
And be sure to go to Tim Oliver's website, Learn to Carry, and get your free PDF file to print your "NO GUNS = NO MONEY" business cards to hand to vendors who don't respect your Second Amendment right to self-protection!!!
Firearms Self-Defense Insurance Policies:
U.S. Law Shield (also excellent videos from the attorneys)
Texas Law Shield
VA Self Defense Law
Second Defense Alliance
Firearms Legal Protection LLC
Gun Owners Legal Defense Network
Homefront Defense Team
National Association for Legal Gun Defense
Patriot Legal Protection (formerly CHLPP)
Second Call Defense
NRA Carry Guard
US Concealed Carry (USCCA)
How to Choose Concealed Carry Insurance - Guns & Ammo, 2-12-2014
Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network - Post Self-Defense Support: The Buyer's Guide
What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self Defense - Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network
Defending A Disparity of Force Shooting (aka Hickey Booklet) - Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network
Now that you've got your Carry Permit, you need some great training - try my friend, Will Andrews, owner of Oklahoma Shooting Skills. He has some outstanding classes! Also, Paul Abel's Shoot-N-Iron Practical Shooting and Training Academy and Wilshire Gun, which also has a chapter of A Girl and a Gun Women's Shooting League. And don't forget to eat in their Range Café - the food is great, especially the Reuben sandwich and Locked and Loaded Nachos!
Gun Talk with Tom Gresham (radio) (The only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, gear, shooting and gun rights.)
Gun Talk's YouTube Channel (dozens of free videos)
Gun Talk's First Person Defender series on YouTube (excellent!)
Shootrite Firearms Academy
Get the real facts on guns and crime:
American Gun Facts (Brief statistical overview and country comparison - Excellent!)
Target Sports USA Blog (several articles)
U.S. Government Bureau of Justice Statistics Firearms Violence report, May 2013
The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe - Heather Mac Donald (EXCELLENT book on the real statistics surrounding police shootings.)
Gear (Guns, Shooting, Holsters, Clothing, & Equipment for Security, Police, Survival, etc.):
Prices vary widely, so once you've found what your looking for, be sure to shop around for the best prices and sign up for e-mail lists to get special deals!
H&H Shooting Sports (Probably the best selection of holsters in the OKC metro.)
C.O.P.S. Gun Shop (Oklahoma's only Sig Sauer-authorized law enforcement dealer! Also a Smith & Wesson-authorized law enforcement dealer!)
C.O.P.S. Products (In Oklahoma City! - security, law enforcement, EMS - uniforms, accessories, holsters, gear. If you need it, the great folks there will help you get it!)
Special Ops Uniforms, 505 N. Portland Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73107, (405) 946-3504, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Closed Sat. and Sunday. No website.
Top Tier Tactical (Midwest City - great selection of gear and blue line support stickers, patches, etc.)
Dene Adams (unique concealment solutions for the ladies)
Dvor (Sign up for incredible deals!)
Hogue Grips (Grips, Knives, Stocks, Holsters, Gear)
Nexbelt (Check out their new conceal carry belts - FANTASTIC!)
Proof Pronto (Security cameras & surveillance gear)
SimpliSafe (Smarter, DIY Home Security)
Target Sports USA (Great Resource for everything shooting sports!)
UtiliKilts (Tactical Kilts?? YES!!)
Secure Your Firearms:
Gun Box - High-tech solutions to securing your firearms
Target Sports USA - How to Store Firearms Safely in Your Home Guide (Excellent resources here)
Other Info & Resources:
Patriotic/Support Law Enforcement & Military:
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