Firearms That Are Not in Use


Firearms should be Emptied When they are Not in Use

  1. Firearms should be loaded only when you are on the target range or shooting area, ready to shoot. When not in use, guns and ammunition should be secured in a safe place, separate from each other. It is your responsibility to prevent children and unauthorized adults from gaining access to guns or ammunition.  A safe is a preferable spot for your firearm because it can be safely secured.  Do not rely on the safety button, many accidents have occurred from reliance on the safety mechanism.  Always unload all ammunition and be sure to double check that the firearms chamber is empty.
  2. Unload your gun as soon as you are finished. A loaded firearm has no place in or near a car, truck or building. Unload your gun immediately when you have finished shooting, well in advance before you bring it into a car or home. When unloading the firearm be aware of your surroundings and use caution so you do not to set off the firearm.  The immediate dispensary of ammunition is an important part of the safety involved in being a gun owner. Guns should always be handled and stored in a responsible manner at all times. Although recreational shooting is okay, firearms are not a toy and they should be taken very seriously.  
Never perform any awkward action with a loaded gun. While in the field, there will be times when common sense and the basic rules of gun safety will require you to unload your gun for maximum safety. Never pull or push a loaded firearm toward yourself or another person. There is never any excuse to carry a loaded gun in a scabbard, a holster not being worn or a gun case. When in doubt, unload your gun!

Loaded Firearms can be Dangerous


Loaded Firearms can be Dangerous

 Every time you pick up a firearm, open the action and check to see whether ammunition is present. When another person hands you a firearm, do not accept it unless the firearm is unloaded and the action is open.  Treat the firearm as if it were loaded.
Don’t Rely On Your Gun’s “Safety”
  • The safety serves as a supplement to proper gun handling but common sense is the key to safety.  The safety on a gun is just like any piece of equipment, it could malfunction.  So remember, just because you think the safety is on and operable, you should still be careful and perform your basic safety steps. Treat every gun as though it was loaded and can fire at any time.
Never place the safety in between positions, since half-safe is unsafe. Keep the safety “on” until you are absolutely ready to fire.
  • Even if the safety is on, a quick blow or jar (dropping the gun) could actuate the firing mechanism.  So, never put your gun in a position where it has the possibility of being dropped on the floor or ground.  The only time you can be absolutely certain that a gun cannot fire is when the action is open and it is completely empty. Again, never rely on your gun’s safety to be the primary safety control.
Never touch the trigger on a firearm until you actually intend to shoot. Keep your fingers away from the trigger while loading or unloading. Never pull the trigger on any firearm with the safety on the “safe” position or anywhere in between “safe” and “fire.” It is possible that the gun can fire at any time, or even later when you release the safety, without your ever touching the trigger again. So remember, always handle firearms as if they were loaded.

Don’t Ever Point a Gun

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It Is Important That You Don’t Ever Point a Gun

Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction

This is the most basic safety rule. Don’t ever point a gun! At anything you do not intend to shoot that is. Though it is basic and simple, it isn’t always done.  If this rule were followed at all times, there would be very few firearms accidents!  Keep in mind the following safety precautions:

  1. Never point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot. Be aware of your surroundings.  This is particularly important when loading or unloading a firearm. Just remember, if you are pointing in a safe direction, Injury is much less likely to occur.   
  2. A safe direction means a direction in which a bullet cannot possibly strike anyone, taking into account possible ricochets and the fact that bullets can penetrate walls and ceilings. The safe direction may be “up” on some occasions or “down” on others, but never at anyone or anything not intended as a target. Even when “dry firing” with an unloaded gun, you should never point a gun at an unsafe target.  Always pretend that the gun is loaded.  Dry firing can be deceptive due to malfunctions in the gun.  Many injuries and deaths have occurred due to thinking that the gun was unloaded. Remember you can never be “to safe” when dealing with a gun.  Always try to do everything you can to keep you and others safe when handling a firearm.

Make it a habit to know exactly where the muzzle of your gun is pointing at all times. Never point a gun. Be sure that you are in control of the direction in which the muzzle is pointing, even if you fall or stumble. This is your responsibility, and only you can control it.

License Renewel

Your Term of license and renewal (‘license renewal’) 

The license shall be valid in this state for five (5) or ten (10) years, unless subsequently surrendered, suspended or revoked as provided by law. No authority exists for a person to continue to carry a concealed or unconcealed handgun in this state pursuant to the Oklahoma Self Defense Act if the license is expired, or has been voluntarily surrendered, or suspended or revoked for any reason.A license may be renewed any time within ninety (90) days prior to the date of expiration.Licensee must obtain a renewal form from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation before the license has expired.

The applicant must:

  1. Complete the renewal form;
  2. Attach two (2) current passport size photographs of applicant;
  3. Submit renewal fee, in the amount set by the statute, to the Bureau;
  4. Pay renewal fee by nationally recognized credit card, cashier’s check, or money order, made payable to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
  5. The Bureau will conduct a criminal history records name search and a search of other records deemed by the Bureau to be relevant to the renewal application.


Eligible persons must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Establish a residency in the State of Oklahoma. For purposes of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act, the term "residency" shall apply to any person who either possesses a valid Oklahoma driver license or state photo identification card, and physically maintains a residence in this state or has permanent military orders within this state and possesses a valid driver license from another state where such person claims residency
  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Complete a firearms safety and training course and demonstrate competence and qualifications with the type of pistol to be carried by the person as provided in Section 1290.14 of this title, and submit proof of training and qualification or an exemption for training and qualification as authorized by Section 1290.14.
  • Submit the required fee and complete the application process.
  • Comply in good faith with the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.