The following is a video transcript.
Fall is here, and Halloween is just around the corner. Can you carry your firearm during Halloween festivities in neighborhoods, public areas, public buildings, schools, churches, community centers, or in public festivals? I want to give you a little bit of instruction about going trick-or-treating with your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
What does the law say?
There are no limitations on concealed carry while trick-or-treating in the State of Oklahoma. However, there are public areas and public buildings, municipalities, and county events where special locations are organized for the purpose of safe Halloween trick-or-treating.
A Concealed Carry Permit holder should recognize that there might be limitations on carrying concealed depending where these events are held. If they’re held at government-owned or government-leased locations such as municipal halls, city buildings, or county office buildings, then the usual limitations concerning concealed carry apply. You should also keep in mind there may be prohibitions against carrying on school grounds, at school-sponsored events, and perhaps certain churches. Public festivals can be privately sanctioned by promoters who can legally prohibit the carrying of firearms. Look for signs or call ahead to verify if your concealed carry of a firearm is welcome.
What about private Halloween parties?
After you’ve gone trick-or-treating with your children, please remember alcohol and various recreational drugs do not mix well with firearms. You could face up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $500, and a six-month suspension of your handgun license, plus administrative fees if you’re found carrying or using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you have any questions about carrying at holiday events, please do not hesitate to call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.