Know Your Ammo – Oklahoma

What type of ammo is prohibited in the state of Oklahoma? Federal and State law prohibit armor-piercing ammunition in handguns. Armor piercing ammunition is A projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium. Armor piercing ammunition is also a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile. What does this do? It allows the bullet to obtain velocities to penetrate police body armor.

Oklahoma law also restricts the caliber of your carry weapon. Caliber of the ammunition must be .45 caliber or less. Any other type of ammunition does not have any particular legal consequences for using. However, the prosecutor could always argue the state of mind of the user of the ammunition. For example, the rest in peace bullets or Glazer safety slugs or other high-energy ammunition could be argued as more deadly than the average legal ammunition.

Robert Robles, Independent Program Attorney for Oklahoma, U.S. LawShield®

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