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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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6 comments on “Know Your Ammo – Oklahoma

    Are my old Black Talons for my 10mm legal ???

      Thank you for your question. Please see the below response from one of our Independent Program Attorneys.

      “Black talon commercial grade, original manufactured ammo is legal for all purposes in Oklahoma. 10 mm black talon is devastating and legal. Flourocaron coated armor piercing bullets are illegal in OK.”

    I was wondering about reloads. I reload to be more cost effective.

      Hi Rick. Thanks for your question! We are relaying this to one of our Independent Program Attorneys in Oklahoma. We will post a response back here as soon as possible.

      Hi Rick. Please see the below response from one of our Independent Program Attorneys.

      “Reloads are perfectly legal and can be great choice for cost savings. Reloads are not necessarily more deadly than ordinary ammunition, but a crafty prosecutor could certainly make that argument. If the prosecutor can convince a jury that your homemade ammunition is unreasonably dangerous, then using the reloads could negatively affect your case. Of course, a crafty defense attorney would cite precisely what you have stated here: that you were not using reloads for their stopping power but for their cost savings.”

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