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Group claims Gathering Place violating state law

Posted at 9:06 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 11:27:14-04

TULSA, Okla. -- A Facebook post is blowing up online. The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association claims the Gathering Place and the River Parks Authority are not within compliance of state law. The organization says they're stopping the carry of firearms into River Park areas.

“This was kind of the final straw," Oklahoma Second Amendment Association President Don Spencer said.

Don Spencer quickly drafted a letter after the Gathering Place opened last weekend.

“The violation is just having a policy that prohibits a person to carry," Spencer said. "The signs are irrelevant unless they enforce them. Since they were enforcing them, it makes the signs and the park in violation unconstitutional and state law.”

There is a sign of rules when visitors enter the park. The fine print says, "The display of open or concealed carry of guns is prohibited."

The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association responded on Facebook. They're trying to get attention from the city, police department and the Gathering Place.

“It’s just going to cost taxpayers money to fight what is already state law," Spencer said.

The letter referred to a city ordinance.  

“The city of Tulsa has decided that they are going to make a tighter law than what the state allows by prohibiting guns in a park when the state says a person can peacefully carry in a park and it’s not a violation of law," Spencer said.

The city says the park is private and not owned by the city. They say they have no control over rules at the park.

“Public dollars have gone into making The Gathering Place and also maintaining it," Spencer said.

2 Works for You reached out to River Parks. They say all policies should be directed to the Gathering Place.  

The Gathering Place did not respond to our request for a comment today.

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