I just bought a gun, what do I do next? Do I have to register my gun like I would have to register a newly purchased car? If so, how do I register my gun?

What the law says

Some states require the registration of guns. However, neither the Federal Government nor Oklahoma law require an individual to register a newly acquired gun. Oklahoma requires that an automobile be registered whenever the ownership of a car changes. However, those laws do not apply when ownership of a firearm changes. Although no gun registration is required in Oklahoma, you might ask “does complying with a federal background check requirement, and filling out an ATF Form 4473 register the gun?” No, Form 4473 is a firearm transaction record form and federal background check form, not a gun registration form. The database does collect data as to the identity of the purchaser of a certain firearm, but does not register the gun to the purchaser.

Background checks

A federal firearms licensed dealer must perform a background check on anyone who wishes to purchase a new or used gun from an FFL. A sale from an FFL with a background check does not create a gun registration.

Question: “Has the Coronavirus pandemic affected my state’s requirements when it comes to registering my firearm?” 

In Oklahoma, many things have changed after the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020; however, the pandemic has not affected Oklahoma law nor requirements as to registration of firearms. There is no registration of firearms in Oklahoma. The topic is not being discussed by the Governor.

Keep records

If you purchase a gun through a private sale, it is always a good practice to have this private transaction documented with a bill of sale. Make sure the bill of sale contains the make, model, and the serial number of the gun. Store the bill of sale in a safe location, such as a safe or safety deposit box. This will allow you to document the selling history if the gun turns out be stolen, or if there is a question as to the prior ownership of the gun.

If you have questions about registering your handgun contact U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to an Independent Program Attorney.