Over 1 million Oklahoma residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, Oklahoma reported 556 domestic violence homicide victims, 241 being intimate partner violence homicides, from 2011 to 2016. In 2016, 70% of victims died by firearms. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.
Oklahoma does not prohibit purchase or possession of firearms or ammunition by persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence or persons subject to domestic violence protective orders. Oklahoma does not require removal of firearms from persons subject to domestic violence protective orders.