Norman Music Festival will be Gun-Friendly

Remember that old story about the Norman Music Festival banning guns from their premises? A judge has ruled in our favor.

Norman, Okla. —

We have updated information regarding a music festival in Norman not allowing firearms.

FOX25 News out of OKC reports a Cleveland County judge ruled Friday, people with a proper license to carry, “CAN” bring a gun to the festival. 

The ruling comes after the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association filed a lawsuit against the City of Norman. OK2A Vice President Don Spencer was pleased with the decision.

“We’re out for a good time too we don’t want to be the buzz kill for the festival by any means,” Spencer said. “But if you see someone in possession of a firearm and consuming alcohol and we highly request that you get the police in it me get it taken car of.”

Not everybody was so happy by the judge’s decision.  A Norman resident says it could be bad for local business.

“The Saturday of the festival is one of the largest retail revenue generators of the year for downtown Norman,” Rhett Jones said.  “Since all the stores in downtown are locally owned it’s a big hit if there’s a significant decrease in festival attendance.”

The Norman Music Festival is April 23-25th.


I doubt there will be a decrease in festival attendance. Normal non-gun owners don’t live their lives worried about who has a gun, and now gun owners have an incentive to come. The only losers will be the gun haters who won’t get to see their dreams of blood and carnage. Remember how they fantasized about open carry carnage during our events at Starbucks? Instead what we saw was plenty of guns and zero shootings. So to the guns and daily life doesn’t mix crowd, we’ll prove you wrong. Yesterday I carried my gun to the car dealer, the restaurant, and back home, and guess what? Nobody died.

Anti-Gun T-Shirts Don’t Sell


Selling on Teespring? Being pro-gun can help.

Teespring’s success has attracted T-shirt designers including YouTube stars and brick-and-mortar companies. Glyn Williams, a former foreign exchange trader who has sold more than $1 million worth of shirts since October, says the data Facebook has on its users is startling. With a few clicks from his house in the U.K., ads for his design reading “Keep your hands off my gun, Obama” reach male Facebook users 25 and older in certain parts of the US who’ve expressed an affinity for the National Rifle Association and visited gun-rights advocacy websites. He tried pushing opposing shirts to people who visit sites supporting stricter gun laws, but they didn’t sell.

So why are the anti-gun t-shirts not selling? Could it be that gun haters don’t want to advertise their weakness?

Gun Group fights Music Festival Gun Ban

I didn’t know there was a Second Amendment Association, maybe they’re confused with the Second Amendment Foundation.


Oklahoma judge sets hearing on gun ban at Norman Music Festival

District Judge Thad Balkman will hear arguments on a request by the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association for a temporary restraining order against the city of Norman and the Norman Music Alliance, which operates the music festival.

The outdoor music festival will be held April 23-25 in downtown Norman.

Don Spencer, vice president of the state Second Amendment Association, contends the city and the music alliance are in violation of Second Amendment rights by prohibiting firearms at the festival. Besides a restraining order, he wants the court to declare the ban illegal.

Music alliance members say they obtained a special event permit for the four-block area and that by holding the permit they have the right to set rules for behavior at the festival. Music alliance attorney Gene Bateman said festival operators have the same right to ban guns as a business owner has.

Lana Cohlmia, an attorney for the Second Amendment group, says the ban violates people’s rights to protect themselves. Spencer also claims downtown is public property and the festival is supported by public money.

Assistant City Attorney Rick Knighton said festival organizers essentially are renting the space and legally can impose a no-guns policy.

Organizers say low-point beer is sold at the festival and they don’t think guns and alcohol are a good mix.


I don’t think women and drunken men are a good mix either, you know what else doesn’t mix? Gun-free zones and reality. Gun-free zones are unrealistic, so is the assumption that criminals follow the law and letting people keep and bear arm at a festival will turn us into a Tarantino film.

The fact is that this festival takes place in PUBLIC STREETS, and yet that’s irrelevant. Do we not live in an era where Christian bakers are sued for not baking gay wedding cakes? Then what gives the Norman Music people the right to discriminate against gun owners and our 2nd Amendment Rights? Property rights? Nonsense. Property rights usually apply to private country clubs, private groups, not to events open to the public.

When South Beach and Fort Lauderdale wanted to keep rowdy college students from pillaging during Spring Break, what they did was enforce the law. Today the young barbarians plunder and pillage in Panama City, FL, although those days may be coming to an end since the good people of Panama City and getting sick of the destruction left behind. That girl raped at the beach in front of everyone did it for them.

So to the Norman Music Festival I say this, see you in court!

When the State violates Gun Laws

The anti-gunners often tell us that only cops and the military can be trusted with guns. This story proves that criminals are everywhere, including the D.O.D.

The alleged scheme began in August, when an undercover agent working with a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force met with Casillas, who boasted of his ability to acquire firearms, body armor and ammunition for sale, according to an affidavit filed by an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives.The agent told Casillas he was working to procure weaponry for drug traffickers in Mexico.

In one transaction, the two wore their Army uniforms and allegedly received $2,150 from the agent for an AR-15 rifle.In an eight-month investigation, 10 weapons were purchased, according to court documents.

The AK-47, whose design is attributed to Soviet Lt. Gen. Mikhail Kalashnikov, has been mass-produced in several Eastern Bloc countries and is a favorite weapon of U.S. enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan and of Mexican cartel members.It is known as sturdy and easy to use.

From the initial meeting, the suspects allegedly sold the undercover agent numerous firearms – including an AK-47 assault rifle – and thousands of rounds of ammunition, which investigators say was taken directly from the U.S.Military’s inventory.

The shady soldiers, who both work in a La Mesa armory, got busted in a sting operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

In a second buy, Casillas sold the agent a.40-caliber pistol for $800 from his El Cajon mobile home, saying the gun had already been used to “do a job” in Tijuana, the document says. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Federal authorities, with the help of a tracking device placed on Reyes’ vehicle, said they traced his movements all the way to Texas and back. Officials said that transaction, however, was not completed.

Army reservists have been charged with illegally attempting to sell guns, some issued by the military, as well as ammunition and body armor to Mexican drug cartels. According to the federal complaint, Casilla made some admissions to arresting authorities even after he was advised of his right to remain silent.

Casillas and Reyes are scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Thursday afternoon in San Diego.

I’ll give the BATFE credit for having one operation that wasn’t a complete and utter failure, either way, this proves our point. People are better off with guns than they are in a society where only certain people get to have guns.

Christie wants a “balance” on Gun Rights

This is why Chris Christie must not get the Republican nominations. Sorry Christie, there’s no room for RINO’s.

Hit with a snub from the National Rifle Association and planning to run for the White House in 2016 against a bevy of GOP candidates who strongly support the Second Amendment, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie now says he favors finding “the right balance” between gun control and gun owners’ rights.

Speaking at Chez Vachon, a Manchester, New Hampshire, restaurant, Christie said, “We’ve got to make sure we have public safety, but on the other hand we have to protect people’s rights both as sportsmen and hunters and for self-protection too, find the right balance,” Politico reported.

 The National Rifle Association (NRA), which has given Christie a “C” rating in protecting the rights of gun owners, pointedly did not invite him to address their annual convention in Nashville, while other leading GOP candidates invited to speak, like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, all have received “A+” NRA ratings, New said. Christie’s “C” rating is “like an ‘F’ to most Republicans,” Doug Brinkley, Rice University presidential historian, told New “When you’re in a field this crowded, and have less than an ‘A’ rating from the NRA, the only thing you can do on the gun issue is ‘get religion’ on it,” GOP strategist Steve Schmidt told New “Should Christie be the GOP nominee, he will have gotten on the right side of the gun issue.” New Jersey is considered to be the third-worst state for gun owners, according to Guns & Ammo magazine, requiring an “urgent need” for a “may issue” carry permit to be granted, among other tough restrictions.

Christie has said that he wants to loosen the Garden State’s tough gun laws, telling a town meeting, “Send me a Republican legislature. And with a Republican legislature you’ll have a governor who will respect, appropriately, the rights of law-abiding citizens to be able to protect ourselves,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

Noting that Christie has said he favors “strictly enforcing” New Jersey’s tough gun laws, while vetoing some bills which provide even tougher restrictions, the Journal said, “Second Amendment rights could be an issue that confronts Mr. Christie if he runs for president. Other potential Republican candidates, such as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, have taken strong stances against gun control laws.”

Christie, who says he will make a decision on whether to run for the White House within the next three months, so far is running well back in the pack. Real Clear Politics’ roundup of polls places him at a 5.5 percent chance of winning the GOP nomination, with Bush at 16.5 percent, Walker at 15.3 percent and Cruz at 10.5 percent, leaving Christie in eighth place.

Knob Creek Shooting Event

Here’s how the British media covers the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot.


Shootout at Knob Creek: Kentucky’s explosive event attracts gun enthusiasts from across the US – but its appeal is broader than you might expect

 Office workers, lawyers, doctors and businessmen are also in attendance to take advantage of the opportunity to fire off high-calibre automatic weaponry with gay abandon. But, as Andrew Dewson finds, it’s an expensive hobby


“Excuse me. Do you mind me asking what that is for?” The man at the next table is holding what appears to be a handgun, but it actually looks more like a giant black beer can with a pistol grip and a hammer.

Spent casings litter the floor by his muddy hunting boots. It looks like the sort of gun Wile E Coyote would buy, with bullets of equally cartoonish size.

He shouts over the din: “I hunt bears with a handgun. It’s a big gun ‘cos if you hit a bear and he goes down, you want him to stay down. You don’t want him getting up angry.”

Knob Creek in Kentucky is about 30 miles outside Louisville just north of Fort Knox, known outside the southern United States for an eponymous brand of bourbon. In rural America, it is famous for something else: guns.

The Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot is a biannual event that attracts gun enthusiasts from across America, as well as fringe conspiracy theorists and anti-government survivalists. It also attracts ordinary office workers, lawyers, doctors and businessmen. “They are the ones who are less likely to talk to you,” laughs Chad Sumner, a Louisville fireman whose dad, Kenny, owns the range.

The range is open all year for regular shooting practice and anyone with a driver’s licence can rent an AK-47 or an M60 (classified as “small arms”) for the afternoon. But there aren’t many ranges that can accommodate high-calibre automatic weaponry. Unloading with gay abandon is a treat that attracts up to 10,000 contestants. The range is perfect for machine guns: a 350-yard horseshoe-shaped bowl, surrounded by pine trees and presumably filled with enough lead to be a major health hazard.

As the three-day shoot gets under way, the range is at capacity – not just with people and every variety of machine gun imaginable, but with a smattering of cars, boats and refrigerators – just about anything that can take a bullet. There is even a trailer park home on the range, already on fire and riddled with bullet holes, sending thick, black plumes of smoke into the sky.

“This event pulls in people from all backgrounds and I expect lots of them would identify themselves as liberals,” says Chad. “But we are open to everyone and our absolute priority is safety. Nobody who breaks the rules gets a second chance; there is a 10-year waiting list for a spot on the range at this event, so people better behave or lose it.”

Knob Creek doesn’t just have a range to shoot guns, it also has a shop that would make the average British Army regiment green with envy. Explosive-packed targets, handguns in all shapes, sizes and colours (pink for the ladies and small versions for children included, of course), knives that look more like swords, machine guns and assault rifles. If it fires, it’s for sale, with price tags up to $13,000 (£8,700). It is a Santa’s grotto to an increasing majority of Americans.

Crowds of gun enthusiasts are ready to spend their money. And spend it they will. Chad estimates that, even though October’s shoot was badly affected by rain, approximately 1.3 million rounds were fired. “Lots of people here will easily spend $10,000 to $15,000 just on ammunition over the three days.” Shooting is an expensive hobby, even in Kentucky. There is also a trade show going on at Knob Creek, but it’s not just guns and ammunition for sale. Wherever military memorabilia is sold there is always a fringe, punting questionable “vintage” products, borderline racist bumper stickers, conspiracy theories and anti-government propaganda. Knob Creek’s owners try to limit sales to military memorabilia, but the underbelly is here.

“The conspiracy theorists and nutjobs find the cameras, or rather the cameras find them,” says Dave Jockell, a technical consultant for a paint company, a regular Knob Creek visitor and owner of 50 guns. “Like the vast majority of people here, I don’t particularly care for that element. We are just here because we love guns and want to have fun.”

But, judging by last weekend, anyone hoping to find massed tinfoil-wearing conspiracy theorists twitching for a gunfight is going to be disappointed. The basic advice is true: be friendly and everyone will be friendly back. But is it fun? It’s certainly loud. The noise is deafening despite the ear protectors. Years of watching guns getting fired in movies will leave most people woefully unprepared for just how loud gunfire actually is.

For a minimum investment of $150, anyone can have a crack at a 30mm machine gun, even a foreigner. For an extra $50, punters can upgrade to the 50mm or go with tracer shells, which seems a bit of a waste of money on a bright spring morning.

Losing money on a craps table can be a blink-and-you’ve-missed-it affair. This is faster, only slightly more fun. Shooting a semi-automatic assault rifle is a real challenge, aiming and fighting the kick. This machine gun is on a tripod, so most of the kick is removed and $150-worth of shells disappears very fast. Much more fun watching people unload on the cars and boats, and two were even kind enough to bring their working cannons.

The Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot is a strangely alien and unnerving event. It confirms many of the gun enthusiast stereotypes: camo clothing and Duck Dynasty beards with an undercurrent of paranoia.

However, what is also abundant is ordinary Americans, out to enjoy a day of watching an Arnold Schwarzenegger film come to life. It’s an increasingly popular day out.

Just don’t upset anyone.


Don’t upset anyone? What are they implying? That we shoot innocent people when we’re upset? Jesus F. Christ, I’d be shooting people all day long if that was the case.

Guns Are Not Clubs


The bad guy had an unloaded gun he used as a club, the good guy had a loaded gun.

According to recent KPHO reports, a fatal shooting in Phoenix, Ariz., this week stemmed from a confrontation between 22-year-old Darell D. Hitchins and three targeted individuals.

Police cite the victims’ statements, which indicate Hitchins approached the group, produced a firearm, and likely used it to strike one of the individuals in the head. The assaulted victim was able to react, however, by producing a handgun and firing at the suspect several times. Hitchens was shot at least once during the altercation, an injury that proved fatal.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene; and, according to authorities, the three victims have been cooperative during the investigation. As of the latest reports available, the shooter has not been charged. Police indicate the report will be reviewed upon its completion to determine whether charges are warranted; however, many citizens apparently believe the armed victim was justified in using deadly force.

A Bearing Arms article detailing the incident included dozens of reader responses, most of which expressed support for the victim.

“Hope no charges files [sic] against the man protecting himself!” wrote one reader.

At least one commenter thought a misdemeanor charge might be appropriate.

“Fine him for littering! He left a pile of trash on the ground after all,” the reader wrote.

Though there was plenty of disappointment expressed over the loss of a life, most concluded that Hitchins brought his fate on himself.

“Good,” wrote one individual, “one less thug.”

Another concluded that “justice is served” as a result of the victim’s quick reaction.