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Oklahoma Laws Relating to Workplace Violence

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on January 30, 2013.

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A summary of Oklahoma laws relating to weapons and conduct that impact workplace violence.

An employer in Oklahoma may not prohibit a person, except a convicted felon, from transporting and storing firearms in a locked motor vehicle, or from transporting and storing firearms locked in or locked to a motor vehicle on property set aside for motor vehicles.

Oklahoma citizens licensed to carry firearms may openly carry a firearm or conceal it. Businesses may prohibit firearms from being carried on their premises.

It is unlawful in Oklahoma to carry on one's person or in a purse or other container belonging to the individual, a pistol, revolver, shotgun or rifle, whether loaded or unloaded, or any other offensive weapon, whether concealed or not concealed, unless the individual has a valid license to carry a handgun.

The proper use of guns and knives for hunting, fishing, educational or recreational purposes is not prohibited.

Law enforcement officials are also exempt from the prohibition against carrying a concealed weapon.

Carrying or possessing a weapon in any establishment where alcohol is consumed is unlawful, unless the individual is a law enforcement official or the owner of the establishment. This prohibition does not apply to restaurants where the sale of alcohol is not the primary purpose of the business.

It is unlawful to carry any concealed handgun into any of the following places, even with a license:

  • a government building
  • a government meeting that is open to the public
  • any detention facility
  • on any elementary, secondary or vocational-technical school property
  • a sports arena during a professional sporting event
  • any place where parimutuel wagering is authorized by law
  • on any college or university property, except where possession or use of handguns is authorized by the school's policy
  • any other place specifically prohibited by law

An employer is not liable in any civil action for occurrences that result from the storing of firearms in a locked motor vehicle on any property set aside for any motor vehicle, unless the employer commits a criminal act involving the use of the firearms. This provision does not apply to claims pursuant to Oklahoma's workers' compensation law.

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