As of November 1st, the current Oklahoma Self Defense Act (SDA), concealed-carry handgun law, will allow for the “open carry” of handguns.
This may have some effect on your businesses, as well as, the response of the Moore Police Department.
The revised law will still allow private business owners to decide how they wish to restrict entry into their place of business. Owners may allow open carry and concealed carry, concealed carry only, or no firearms at all inside the premises.
Business owners may not prohibit the possession or storage of a firearm inside a vehicle in the business parking lot (21 O.S. 2011, Section 1289.7a).
Another major change to the law is that SDA license holders are no longer prohibited from entering establishments that serve alcohol, as long as beer and alcohol are not the primary business (the business may still enact rules of no firearms allowed). SDA licensees cannot go into bars and they cannot consume any beer or alcohol while in possession of a firearm.
If you wish to restrict firearms, the law does not require you to post your businesses, but we would strongly recommend that you do so and update any old signs that say no concealed weapons to “no weapons or firearms allowed on premises” or other terms to that effect.
If someone enters your business with a holstered firearm against your wishes the police officers will respond and will need a representative of the business to ask the person to leave and if they refuse, the business will need to prosecute for trespassing in order for the officer to take further action.
The Moore Police Department is currently training our officers and addressing possible procedure changes to best assist everyone in adjusting to this new legislation. If you have any questions you can contact Lt. James Fagans at (405) 793-5171.
The full text for the law changes are found in Oklahoma Senate Bill 1733.