Oklahoma Firearms License
Local classes for the safety & familiarization course for an Oklahoma Firearms License are conducted monthly by instructor by Charles M. "Mike" Miller. Please call us or check our calendar for dates of scheduled classes. A course registration form can be picked up at Bartlesville Shooting Supply.
Preparation for the course
If you have had no firearms training it is recommended you receive basic handgun training in the use of your particular handgun prior to taking this class. You can call Bartlesville Shooting Supply or email Mike Miller for recommendations on where to go for firearms instruction. This class is NOT intended to do that. It is a class to acquaint you on the applicable Oklahoma laws concerning use of force and self-defense. Basic fundamentals are discussed and there is range activity in which you will demonstrate to the instructor that you can safely operate and are familiar with your firearm.
Just a note from Dee... backyard "training" for new gun owners is not recommended. There are so many people that have had and used handguns for years, have bad habits and not even know. If you receive instruction from someone with bad habits, you will develop those habits. Bad habits can be very hard to break! Something as simple as the proper grip is critical to how well and safely you operate a handgun. Also, a lifetime of rifle or shotgun experience is not a substitute for instruction a handgun, shooting a handgun is a whole new experience.
The information & student registration form for this course of instruction prepared by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) is available at Bartlesville Shooting Supply. Completion of this course is required prior to submittal of your application for the concealed handgun license issued by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. License application packets are available from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. It is not required but strongly recommended that you obtain the License Application packet prior to attending the class. The application packet contains a booklet of Oklahoma use of force and firearms laws. Much of this information will be covered in the class. Reviewing the booklet ahead of time will help you in this class. By going over the laws beforehand, you can be prepared with notes or questions on points that are unclear for discussion in class.
REMEMBER it is YOUR responsibility to understand and obey the law when carrying firearm, wherever you are!
The following is a list of costs for applying for/obtaining an Oklahoma Firearms License. Costs have been set by statute (OS§21-1290.14).
Safety and Familiarization Course:$60.00
Passport Type Photos(2)$10.00 (Available in class)
Sheriff's Office:(finger printing)$25.00 (Cards furnished in the OSBI packet)
OSBI: $100.00 (for the 5 year license)
Of course there could be some additional costs IF YOU CHOOSE to rent a handgun from the instructor or purchase ammunition. At Bartlesville Shooting Supply Inc, Mike charges $25.00 for use of one of his guns, cost of ammo depends on the firearm used. Mike also offers a discount for couples as well as a discount of $20.00 off of the cost of the class if you purchase a firearm from Bartlesville Shooting Supply Inc.
The following has been around for years. I am unsure of the author, but it well worth publishing again. These are things for all to consider, especially if you intend to carry a concealed firearm or already do
FIVE RULES FOR CONCEALED CARRY
1. YOUR CONCEALED HANDGUN IS FOR PROTECTION OF LIFE ONLY. Draw it solely in preparation to protect yourself or an innocent third party from the wrongful and life-threatening criminal actions of another.
2. KNOW EXACTLY WHEN YOU CAN USE YOUR GUN. A criminal adversary must have, or reasonably appear to have:
A) the ability to inflict serious bodily injury (he is armed or reasonably appears to be armed with a deadly weapon),
B) the opportunity to inflict serious bodily harm (he is physically positioned to harm you with his weapon), and
C) his intent (hostile actions or words) indicates that he means to place you in jeopardy -- to do you serious or fatal physical harm.
When all three of these attack potential elements are in place simultaneously, then you are facing a reasonably perceived deadly threat that justifies an emergency deadly force response.
3. IF YOU CAN RUN AWAY -- RUN! Just because you’re armed doesn’t necessarily mean you must confront a bad guy at gunpoint. Develop your "situation awareness" skills so you can be alert to detect and avoid trouble altogether. Keep in mind that if you successfully evade a potential confrontation, the single negative consequence involved might be your bruised ego, which should heal with mature rationalization. But, if you force a confrontation you risk the possibility of you or a family member being killed or suffering lifelong crippling/disfiguring physical injury, criminal liability and/or financial ruin from civil lawsuit. Flee if you can, fight only as a last resort.
4. DISPLAY YOUR GUN, GO TO JAIL. Expect to be arrested by police at gunpoint, and be charged with a crime anytime your concealed handgun is seen by another citizen in public, regardless of how unintentional or innocent or justified the situation might seem. Choose a method of carry that reliably keeps your gun hidden from public view at all times.
You have no control over how a stranger will react to seeing (or learning about) your concealed handgun. He or she might become alarmed and report you to police as "a man or woman with a gun." Depending on his or her feelings about firearms, this person might be willing to maliciously embellish his or her story in attempt to have your gun seized by police or to get you arrested. An alarmed citizen who reports a "man with a gun" is going to be more credible to police than you when you're stopped because you match the suspect's description, and you are found to have a concealed handgun in your possession.
Before you expose your gun in public, ask yourself: "Is this worth going to jail for?" The only time this question should warrant a "yes" response is when an adversary has at least, both ability and intent, and is actively seeking the opportunity to do you great harm.
5. DON’T LET YOUR EMOTIONS GET THE BEST OF YOU. If, despite your best efforts to the contrary, you do get into some kind of heated dispute with another person while you’re armed, never mention, imply or exhibit your gun for the purpose of intimidation or one-upmanship. You’ll simply make a bad situation worse -- for yourself (see rule #4)