Judge Rules Guns Can’t Be Banned From Norman Music Festival
CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. —The fight to let Oklahomans carry their guns to the Norman Music Festival is over.
A judge decided that licensed gun owners will be allowed to carry their guns to this year’s music festival without fear of being asked to leave, or being ticketed, and that the city of Norman cannot enforce their “no guns” request.
“It’s really disappointing,” Peaches Amspacher said. “I worry about what’s going to happen to the Norman Music Fest now.”
Amspacher came to the courthouse Friday in hopes that she would see guns banned from the Norman Music Festival. But now, for the first time in seven years, she says she won’t be going.
“I really would like to be able to support my friends and everything that they’ve worked so hard to do, but at the same time I don’t really feel safe with my kids,” she said.
City attorneys argued they have a right to control who enters their property, but the judge ultimately ruled it doesn’t trump the right to bear arms.
“They have a right to say ‘Please do not bring your gun.’ It’s about whether or not the city can enforce that request,” defense attorney Lana Cohlmia said.
Now no licensed gun owner can be forced to leave for carrying their firearm into the music festival.
It is a responsibility the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association takes very seriously. More