TULSA, Okla. — The permitless or “constitutional carry” law goes into effect throughout the State of Oklahoma on Friday November 1, 2019. Within the confines of that law, Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma (CRSOK), a private nonprofit community mental health center, will maintain its no-gun policy.

CRSOK is the only Oklahoma community mental health center certified in the internationally recognized Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed care. A Sanctuary Community recognizes that all humans experience adversity, traumatic events and stress in their lives. These experiences shape their behavior. As a Sanctuary Community, CRSOK agrees to the seven Sanctuary Commitments to create a safe environment where clients and staff learn to manage and change behavior and heal from these experiences — ‘Non-Violence’ is one of these commitments.

“In our ongoing efforts to create a safe environment, Counseling and Recovery Services maintains a ‘no weapons’ policy in our workplace,” says Executive Director Bryan Blankenship. “To ensure the physical and mental well-being of our staff and our clients and to adhere to our commitment to non-violence as a Sanctuary Certified community, we maintain that no firearms or weapons will be allowed on the property.”

Under the bill, you cannot carry a concealed or unconcealed handgun in public and private schools K-college, public or private sports arenas, gambling facilities, government buildings, and private businesses, unless allowed by owner.

In continuing to provide a safe, restorative environment for clients, CRSOK maintains its “no guns” policy other than for authorized law enforcement and/or security officers. No weapons or firearms (open or concealed) are permitted at the main office at 71st & Yale, the Sand Springs office, or The CALM Center.