Gun-free events possible at parks following new law

Gun-free events possible at parks following new law

Scissortail Park in Oklahoma City (KOKH) OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — A new law signed by Governor Kevin Stitt lets cities like Oklahoma City ban guns at large events in public places like Scissortail Park, but only if they meet minimum security requirements. Scissortail park’s opening a couple of years ago drew thousands of people and a major headliner, Kings of Leon. The city realized that even though it had fencing and security for the concert, they couldn’t legally ban guns in a public park. Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt says that was a tough sell for band management. "We had built basically Chesapeake Arena inside of Scissor Tail Park, but we couldn’t treat it quite the same and we recognized that as soon as that event was over that we were not going to be able to host events like that again if we didn’t change the state law so that we could host events without weapons," Holt said. The city worked with the state legislature to get the law changed. Now, any municipality can ban guns in events in public places if they have "minimum security provisions." That means they would need metal fencing at least eight feet high. There would also need to be uniformed police officers controlling the entrances with metal detectors. The city says it costs about $30,000 for fencing and metal detectors for the Kings of Leon concert. "The people that we worked with wanted to make sure that if we prohibited guns, then […]

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