The Oklahoma Riot Control Prevention Act

Oklahoma Statutes Citationized
  Title 21. Crimes and Punishments
    Chapter 55 – Other Crimes Against Public Peace
Oklahoma Riot Control and Prevention Act
Section 1321.4 – Acts Which May be Proclaimed Prohibited
Cite as: O.S. §, __ __


In 2012, Governor Mary Fallin signed an amendment to the Oklahoma Riot Control and Prevention Act prohibiting the State of Oklahoma from seizing legally owned firearms and ammunition from Oklahomans during a state of emergency.

A. The Governor during the existence of a state of emergency, by proclamation, may, in the area described by the proclamation, which proclamation shall not cover any part or portion of the state not affected by public disorder, disaster, or riot at the time the proclamation is issued, prohibit:

1. Any person being on the public streets, or in the public parks or at any other public place during the hours declared by the Governor to be a period of curfew;

2. A designated number of persons, as designated by the Governor, from assembling or gathering on the public streets, parks, or other open areas of this state, either public or private;

3. The manufacture, transfer, use, possession or transportation of a molotov cocktail or any other device, instrument or object designed to explode or produce uncontained combustion;

4. The transporting, possessing or using of gasoline, kerosene, or combustible, flammable, or explosive liquids or materials in a glass or uncapped container of any kind except in connection with the normal operation of motor vehicles, normal home use or legitimate commercial use;

5. The sale, purchase or dispensing of alcoholic beverages;

6. The sale, purchase or dispensing of other commodities or goods, as the Governor reasonably believes should be prohibited to help preserve and maintain life, health, property or the public peace;

7. The use of certain streets, highways or public ways by the public; and

8. Such other activities as the Governor reasonably believes should be prohibited to help preserve and maintain life, health, property or the public peace.

B. Notwithstanding this section or any other law of this state, neither the Governor nor any official of a municipal or state entity shall prohibit or suspend the sale, ownership, possession, transportation, carrying, transfer and storage of firearms, ammunition and ammunition accessories during a declared state of emergency, that are otherwise legal under state law.

C. In imposing the restrictions provided for by the Oklahoma Riot Control and Prevention Act, the Governor may impose them for such times, upon such conditions, with such exceptions and in such areas of this state the Governor from time to time deems necessary.

D. Any individual aggrieved by a violation of subsection B of this section may seek relief in an action at law or in equity for redress against any person who subjects such individual or causes such individual to be subjected to an action prohibited by subsection B of this section. In addition to any other remedy at law or in equity, an individual aggrieved by the seizure or confiscation of a firearm or ammunition in violation of subsection B of this section may bring an action for the return of such firearm or ammunition in the district court of the county in which that individual resides or in which such firearm or ammunition is located. In any action or proceeding to enforce the provisions of this section, the court shall award the prevailing plaintiff costs and reasonable attorney fees.

Historical Data


Laws 1968, SB 753, c. 125, § 4, emerg. eff. April 4, 1968; Amended by Laws 2006, HB 2696, c. 70, § 1, emerg. eff. April 20, 2006 (superseded document available); Amended by Laws 2012, SB 1760, c. 271, § 1, eff. November 1, 2012 (superseded document available).

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