It is common knowledge that Oklahoma gun rights don’t allow anyone with certain misdemeanor or an Oklahoma felony conviction to own or carry guns. What you may not know - unless you are an attorney - is that having a protective order against you will also keep you away from an Oklahoma hunting license or a carry permit.
Owning a Gun in Oklahoma
Oklahoma is a state with excellent deer hunting, and hunting in Oklahoma is a very popular sport, which means that gun rights in Oklahoma are a big issue for everyone. Besides the very popular Oklahoma hunting, which is a family tradition for many (especially during hunting season), owning and carrying guns with a concealed carry license or carry permit are also rights that Oklahomans like to exercise.
Oklahoma Gun Carry Laws
That said, Oklahoma law is very thorough: there is an open carry law, concealed carry laws (which require a concealed carry application), and other guidelines to who can and cannot own a gun in Oklahoma.
Why Expunge Protective Orders?
Oklahoma carry laws consider many types of convictions and P.O.’s (short for protective orders) as big red flags that prevent you from gun ownership in Oklahoma. Any lawyer who’s familiar with VPO and felony laws can advise you about this.
The OK Government website says the following:
If you are currently subject to a permanent victim’s protective order authorized by the Protection from Domestic Abuse Act, you are ineligible for an SDA license.The preclusive period is 3 years from the date of the entry of the final court order, or 60 days from the date the order was vacated, canceled or withdrawn.
This means that you may not apply for a gun license for 3 years after your final court order was issued, or 60 days after it was canceled or withdrawn, but even then it may become difficult to regain access to a gun.
How Can I Expunge a Protective Order?
An Oklahoma expungement lawyer may be the right person to help you navigate the cancellation and expungement of the PO, so your record is clear again and you can apply for a gun license and resume hunting or carrying.
Whatever the reason for the protective order filed against you, consult with an Oklahoma expungement attorney to find out how to clear your file and recover your gun rights.