Back in 2004, I left my longtime home of Oklahoma and moved to the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. to start covering Second Amendment issues on a full-time basis as the first host of NRA News. At the time, there weren’t too many differences between the two states in terms of gun laws; both had “shall issue” right to carry, for example, and neither state had any sort of bans on magazine capacity or so-called assault weapons.
Over the past couple of years, however, the two states have veered off in different directions. While Oklahoma became the 15th state to approve Constitutional carry in 2019, Virginians put Democrats in charge of the state legislature, and we saw the first new gun control laws in nearly 30 years take effect in July of this year.
Oklahoma is still one of the most 2A-friendly states in the Union, which is why I laughed out loud when I saw this quote from Don Spencer, head of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association.