Oklahoma has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation, according to a report by the Brady Campaign, which contends that lax laws feed the illegal gun trade and lead to violence. The Tulsa World said Oklahoma was given two points out of a possible 100 in the report. The state was tied with Alaska for second to last, according to the Brady report. Utah ranked worst with zero points, and California was tops with 79.
Oklahoma’s only favorable marks were for not forcing colleges to allow guns on campus, although there are state lawmakers who want to change that. States were ranked in several categories, receiving points for having laws on the books that limit bulk sales, ban assault weapons and strengthen background checks and dealer regulations. “We consider it (the score) a badge of honor coming from the Brady Campaign,” said Charles Smith, executive director of the Oklahoma Rifle Association. “Oklahoma is a very gun-friendly state and that’s the way people want it.”