OKLAHOMA CITY – The OSBI is hoping to get word out about changes to a law regarding gun licensing in our state.
Later this year, anyone who has undergone training to carry a weapon will now have just three years to get their license.
In the past, there was no time limit at all.
It’s a change many gun advocates welcome.
Out at H&H Shooting Sports, dozens of Oklahomans show up each week for training on safe practices when using a firearm.
“They cover the law and all the things you can and cannot do with your firearm,” said Miles Hall, founder of H&H.
It’s a training course, which until this year has been good indefinitely, but lawmakers have changed that.
“If you took your class and got certified through the training course 10 years ago, it will no longer be good as of November 1st,” said Jessica Brown, with the OSBI.
This year a new law will take effect Nov. 1, making those certificates good for no more than three years.
“If they have that training certificate at home just waiting for a good time to go ahead and apply for a gun license, now is a good time,” said Brown.
Hall says it’s a good change.
He said, “I think it’s great because the law changes every year and so it’s good to be tuned in.”
Not only that, it will also reduce the amount of paperwork he and other instructors have to keep on file.
With this new law, instructors can now shred safety class files at the end of three years.
OSBI officials are trying to get the word out about the change.
They say if you’ve taken the class, then there’s no reason to hold off on getting your license.
Brown said, “We heavily encourage people not to wait.”
Hall said, “I’d just suggest come in and get your permit and get it done.”
H&H, along with some other ranges in the state, will allow you to retake the class for free any time.
They say safety is always a top priority.
The OSBI says you can submit your application for a license to carry online through their website.