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Gun Rights Group Sue Over Festival Firearms Ban

NORMAN, OK (CelebrityAccess) — Gun rights proponents have filed a lawsuit over a ban on weapons during the upcoming Norman Music Festival.

According to the Associated Press, the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association filed a lawsuit in Cleveland County seeking to stop the band on firearms at the free festival, claiming that the city has no right to prohibit people with licenses from carrying firearms on the city's streets. The Norman Music Festival, which is scheduled for April 23-25, takes place in a four-block area of downtown Norman.

"We're sticking up for our rights," Don Spencer, vice president of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association told the Associated Press. "They're discriminating against a peaceful person."

However, according to City of Norman Assistant City Attorney Rick Knighton, the festival is staged by the nonprofit Norman Music Alliance, and not the city, and the special event permit for the festival allows the event's organizers to establish their own rules.

"You get to determine what the rules are with regard to entry to your event," Knighton told the AP. "One of their rules, when they're in control of that area, is no weapons."

The Norman Music Alliance released a statement which said the weapon ban was in place because the festival would be serving alcohol. – Staff Writers