Turner Falls Updates Their Gun Policy
In January, a US Law Shield member requested some information about Turner Falls—more specifically, he wanted to know if there were any firearm restrictions at Turner Falls. Oklahoma state law allows concealed and/or open carry at all municipal and state parks, so it was troubling to discover that the municipal code and park regulations on the Turner Falls website states that all guns were banned at Turner Falls Municipal Park.
Turner Falls is a destination spot for Texas and Oklahoma families, and has been for a 100 years. Robert Robles from US Law Shield reached out to the Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association and explained the situation. Shortly after, OK2A President Don Spencer swung into action to do what OK2A does best—to change Turner Falls’ “no gun policy.” Robert Robles spoke with the city attorney and got nowhere. The city attorney responded by saying, “Don’t you have something better to do with your time?” Don started a letter writing campaign to the city manager, the city attorney, and the city clerk, advising them of the relevant state law of preemption.
The article below was taking from KXII Fox News 12’s website.
Removing Gun Ban from Turner Falls
DAVIS, Okla. (KXII) – Signs posted around Turner Falls park prohibit guns from coming inside but as of Monday night city council members approved that those who are licensed to carry can do so on camp grounds.
“We just wanted to get current and get in with the state requirements which is what we did,” Tom Graham said. Davis City Manager Tom Graham says a letter of concern stated the original policy at Turner Falls, which banned guns from being inside the park, went against the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act. “Strictly saying no guns allowed—if you have a concealed carry permit whether it be Oklahoma or another state you are allowed to carry them,” Graham said.
Graham says the policy will still prohibit guns inside businesses at the park. It will also allow [out-of-state] visitors to open carry handguns if it’s permitted in their state, which concerned some visitors.
“It’s a family get away spot,” Sarah Carlock said. “I don’t feel like you would need a firearm to come to this place.”
“Keep it clean—no weapons, firearms at all,” Charlotte Paschal said. “Unless you are in an area where you’re doing hunting; if this is not hunting, no guns.”
Others say they are neutral about the changes. “In the past I heard where places like this, not necessarily here, have had issues and nobody had a gun to protect or any kind of weapon,” Rob Hill said. “There are some plus and minuses.”
Graham says they are working to update their website and signs all around the park but the policy is effective immediately.