Employees in Oklahoma with permits must be allowed to store guns in their vehicles at work, under recent legislation signed into law on May 15. However, the law does not require businesses to allow guns on their premises, whether licensed or not.
The new Oklahoma law, which becomes effective on November 1, 2012, sets out the requirements for obtaining a license for an open carry permit in Oklahoma and generally allows residents of the state who qualify to carry a gun openly in any situation in which they could carry a concealed weapon under the current law. The law likewise prohibits the carrying of weapons in governmental buildings, at corrections facilities, on school or college campuses, in bars, and at sports arenas during
sporting events. Exceptions are made for gun safety training and sporting events involving firearms. However, guns may be carried in places such as restaurants that sell alcohol, if alcohol sale is not the primary business. Persons seeking a license for open carry of weapons must take a firearms safety and training class, and must undergo a background check.
Currently, there are 25 states that now permit open carry of weapons with 14, including Oklahoma, requiring a license. 05.28.2012