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Self-Defense Act Unit

In 1995, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was given the responsibility to license Oklahoma residents to carry firearms.  The Self-Defense Act Unit (SDA) was formed and at that time processed applications to ensure that applicants met the statutory requirements of obtaining a license and that all required information was provided.  

However, effective November 1, 2019, permitless carry took effect and Oklahoma citizens, who are at least 21 years old (18 if military or honorably discharged veteran) and can legally own a firearm, are no longer required to obtain a permit or receive training to carry a firearm (openly or concealed).  Even though applications for an SDA license have declined since the bill went in to effect, Oklahoman’s can still apply for a permit.  One benefit of obtaining a permit is reciprocity, which makes it legal to carry a gun in some other states without needing to obtain a license from each state.

The SDA unit is also responsible for processing suspensions, renewals, and revocations for those who commit infractions while licensed.  The SDA unit serves as the first point of contact for inquiries from instructors, license holders, applicants, and legislators.  

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To learn about applying for a Handgun License, find an SDA Instructor, check your application status, read the SDA FAQ's and much more, select an option in the left navigation under the Handgun Licensing dropdown.

Last Modified on May 11, 2024
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