Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
What does the law say?
Even with Constitutional Carry, there are still numerous circumstances where carrying or possessing a firearm is a criminal offense.
Unlawful possession of a firearm in defined primarily by what it’s not, rather than by what it is. Carrying or possessing a firearm is currently illegal if it does not fall into any of the five following categories…
1. The proper use of guns and knives for hunting, fishing, educational or recreational purposes;
2. The carrying or use of weapons in a manner otherwise permitted by statute or authorized by the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act;
3. The carrying, possession and use of any weapon by a peace officer or other person authorized by law to carry a weapon in the performance of official duties and in compliance with the rules of the employing agency;
4. The carrying or use of weapons in a courthouse by a district judge, associate district judge or special district judge within this state, who is in possession of a valid handgun license issued pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act and whose name appears on a list maintained by the Administrative Director of the Courts; or
5. The carrying and use of firearms and other weapons provided in this subsection when used for the purpose of living history reenactment. For purposes of this paragraph, "living history reenactment" means depiction of historical characters, scenes, historical life or events for entertainment, education, or historical documentation through the wearing or use of period, historical, antique or vintage clothing, accessories, firearms, weapons, and other implements of the historical period.
What can be done?
Unlawful carry is a misdemeanor. But what happens if you have a prior felony conviction, or happen to be on school property, or someone claims that you pointed the weapon at a person, or perhaps you were carrying and happened to have recently had a few beers? As the circumstances change, so can the State’s charges and you can find yourself being charged with a very serious felony that can carry a significant amount of prison time. In a modern world where gun violence is prevalent and opinions about the social acceptability of firearms is a raging political and social justice platform, you need to seek out the best possible representation so that you do not end up being a scapegoat in the context of a much larger movement. This is why you should always take criminal charges seriously. Seek out the best attorney who can put up a zealous defense and protect your future. Call us today!
Stay safe and stay silent. Don’t make a statement to police. You have the right to defense and you should always take full advantage of that right. Even with the best intentions and honesty, your words can still be used against you. Without proper representation, the State can set you up for failure that could cause lots of inconvenience and unnecessary aggravation. Let us set you up for success!
If you are accused of maiming, be sure to contact the aggressive and compassionate attorneys at Boeheim Freeman Law, who will fight for you and your rights!
The best criminal lawyers will tear apart the credibility and reliability of the State’s witnesses. We investigate thoroughly any motivation that a witness might have to lie or deceive. Our attorneys are well trained in cross-examination techniques and can expertly maneuver around a witness and trap them in their lies and misconceptions. We will get the truth and vigorously defend you. You need an attorney who not only knows the law, but knows how to argue it effectively. Let Boeheim Freeman Law’s expertise and training go to work for you.