New Oklahoma gun law won't carry over across the Red River

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - A constitutional carry law will take effect in Oklahoma starting November 1st, and officials say Texomans need to remember it will not apply in Texas.

The constitutional carry law will allow Oklahomans over the age of 21 concealed and open carry of a firearm without a permit.

In Texas, a license to carry is required.

"The Oklahoma and Texas laws are different, but they all should be the same," Sherman resident Joe Frank said.

Frank lives south of the Red River and said he is a little worried about Oklahoma's new constitutional carry law.

"I don't think people should open carry a gun," Frank said.

In Texas, people can openly carry, but they have to have a license.

In Oklahoma, starting November 1st, no license will be required.

"Remember when you do cross into a different state, there are different laws," Denison police Lt. Mike Eppler said.

Lt. Eppler said even if an Oklahoman is just visiting for a few hours, or even minutes, Texas law applies.

"If they don't have a license to carry, and they come to Texas, they would be subject to penalties just like anyone else," Eppler said.

That could mean a fine or even jail time. Depending on the circumstances it could be a misdemeanor or a felony.

To get a license to carry in Texas, applicants must pass a federal background check meaning anyone with felony convictions, some misdemeanors, certain psychological diagnoses and chemical or alcohol dependency can't get a license.

The new law in Oklahoma will prohibit felons, people with domestic violence convictions or mental illness from carrying a gun, but there is no check ahead of time.

"My philosophy is, don't murder me and I won't murder you," Frank said.

Fifteen other states already have constitutional carry laws in place.

Oklahoma will still issue concealed carry licenses which Texas will recognize.