With violent crime on the rise across America, it’s becoming more and more important for good law-abiding citizens like you to have the ability to yourselves in case of an emergency. That’s why I’ve come up with this list of self-defense weapons that are legal in the Sooner state.
These Self-Defense Weapons are Legal in Oklahoma
- Pepper Spray
- Stun Guns
- Tactical Pens
- Personal Alarms
Oklahoma Concealed Carry Laws
Oklahoma is a ‘shall-issue’ constitutional concealed carry state. That means that anyone over the age of 21 (or 18 if you’re in the service or a vet) may carry a firearm either openly or concealed without a permit. Oklahoma recognizes concealed carry permits issued by all other states.
There are exceptions though, per Nolo. Namely, if you’ve been convicted of:
- Assault and battery that caused serious injury
- Domestic abuse
- Violation of a domestic abuse protection order, or
- Illegal drug possession or use.
It’s also illegal for undocumented immigrants to carry handguns and dangerous firearms.
The state still issues handgun licenses so you can carry a handgun in other states that accept Oklahoma concealed permit licenses.
Oklahoma Self Defense Act
Oklahoma is a Castle Doctrine state and has a “stand your ground” law. This means any person who legitimately uses a firearm in their self-defense has immunity from criminal and civil penalties. There is no duty to retreat and the law applies at a person’s home, place of business and place of worship. This is important since, as I discussed in my previous article the police have no legal obligation to protect you, yes I’m serious.
Are Brass Knuckles Legal in Oklahoma?
Brass knuckles are “fist-load weapons” used in hand-to-hand combat. Brass knuckles are pieces of metal shaped to fit around the knuckles. Despite their name, they are often made from other metals, plastics or carbon fibers. They were a popular weapon in the past because they are compact and can do a lot of damage with half the effort compared to a normal punch.
They are absolutely illegal to carry in Oklahoma except if used for self-defense per the Oklahoma Self Defense Act.
It shall be unlawful for any person to carry upon or about his or her
person, or in a purse or other container belonging to the person, any
pistol, revolver, shotgun or rifle whether loaded or unloaded or any
dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife, switchblade knife, spring-type knife,
sword cane, knife having a blade which opens automatically by hand
pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in the handle of
the knife, blackjack, loaded cane, billy, hand chain, metal knuckles,
or any other offensive weapon, whether such weapon be concealed or
unconcealed, except this section shall not prohibit:
Oklahoma Self Defense Act 21-1272
Oklahoma Taser Laws
Stun guns, batons (or prods), and belts administer an electric shock by direct contact, whereas Tasers (conducted electrical weapons) fire projectiles that administer the shock through thin flexible wires. Long-range electroshock projectiles, which can be fired from ordinary shotguns and do not need the wires, have also been developed.
Though the two terms are often used interchangeably, stun guns are actually direct contact weapons that work mainly through pain compliance by affecting the sensory nervous system.It can also cause some muscular disruption, but that generally requires 3-5 seconds of direct contact. In comparison, the Taser is a long-range weapon that incapacitates the target by disrupting voluntary muscular control through the motor nervous system.
Tasers/Stun Guns are not listed under Oklahoma’s unlawful carry statute. There is no problem with using a taser in Oklahoma so long as it is used for self-defense and no offensive purposes.
Oklahoma Knife Laws
Several knives are illegal to carry in Oklahoma. Those include dagger, bowie, dirks, switchblade knives, and sword canes. The law explicitly makes an exception for hunting and recreational use.
…knives for hunting, fishing, educational or recreational purposes…. Oklahoma Unlawful Carry Law
Pepper Spray is Legal to Carry in Oklahoma
Pepper spray (also known as capsaicin spray) is a lachrymatory agent (a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause a burning sensation, pain, and temporary blindness) used in policing, riot control, crowd control, and self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears. Its inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision.
This temporary blindness allows officers to more easily restrain subjects and permits people in danger to use pepper spray in self-defense for an opportunity to escape. It also causes temporary discomfort and burning of the lungs which causes shortness of breath.
Pepper spray is legal to carry in Oklahoma. It’s not listed in Oklahoma’s unlawful law. You can be charged with a crime if you use it offensively. You can get a good deal on Pepper Spray throughout the web.
Personal Alarms are Legal in Oklahoma
When you think of a self-defense weapon an alarm may not be the first thing that comes to mind but believe me a personal alarm is one of the best self-defense weapons that you can have! This isn’t an ordinary alarm.
A personal alarm is more produces a sound of more than 100 decibels. That’s louder than a jackhammer! Trust me when I say it’s shrill and loud. You wouldn’t want this alarm sounding in your ear. Also, causing a scene by making a lot of noise is a great tool to defend yourself against any surprise attack whether it be a mugger or purse snatcher. Read about an old woman whose life was saved by a personal alarm.
Tactical Pens are Legal in Oklahoma
A tactical pen is essentially a hidden self-defense tool. What better way to hide a defense weapon other than in plain sight. It can be used for writing, stopping someone by causing a minor wound, breaking things and even breaking glass if you use it well.
The tactical pens were created for people who don’t want to use a gun for self-defense and wish to have some useful things that can potentially become a weapon. You can get the Ape Survival Multi-Use Tactical pen for free here. It’s a screw diver, hexa-wrench, flashlight, and glass breaker, and yes it actually writes.