Gun-free zone: A new law could pave way for some outdoor concerts to ban weapons

Gun-free zone: A new law could pave way for some outdoor concerts to ban weapons

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A controversy over gun-carry laws at the opening concert for Oklahoma City’s Scissortail Park two years ago has led to a state law change in order to create gun-free zones. Earlier this month, Governor Stitt signed a bill into law that OKC city officials say could keep guns out and bring big concerts back into city parks. “It was pretty obvious as we talked to concert promoters and people familiar with that industry that that was not likely to ever happen again,” said OKC Mayor David Holt. Holt is referring to the Scissortail Park Kickoff concert back in 2019. The Kings of Leon played, but that was not standard for them or other big acts. Holt says most performers have language in their contracts demanding to play in venues without firearms. “Under our state law , you cannot prohibit guns at a city park,” said Holt. So Oklahoma City got with gun rights advocates and state legislators to help draft HB 2645. It allows for gun-free zones for events, as long as organizers put up 8-foot fences and have walk-through metal detectors operated by commissioned police officers. “This is common sense legislation that clarifies what the cities will have to do in order to have a gun free event and it puts up parameters to make sure that everyone at that event is safe,” said Rep. Jon Echols. The House Majority Leader from OKC helped write what he calls a compromise law. Gun rights advocates […]

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