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Tulsa Gathering Place Park Good News

golddigger14s

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https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/gat...cle_d2635ccd-a58b-5843-b698-a9c22b1e97af.html

"Title 21, Section 1277, of Oklahoma Statutes has an exception allowing for the carry of legally licensed concealed or unconcealed handguns on “any property designated by a city, town, county or state governmental authority as a park, recreational area or fairgrounds.”

"The Tulsa Police Department will not be required to enforce a Gathering Place policy that bans open and concealed carry of firearms on its premises, according to the City Attorney’s Office."
 

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https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/gat...cle_d2635ccd-a58b-5843-b698-a9c22b1e97af.html

"Title 21, Section 1277, of Oklahoma Statutes has an exception allowing for the carry of legally licensed concealed or unconcealed handguns on “any property designated by a city, town, county or state governmental authority as a park, recreational area or fairgrounds.”

"The Tulsa Police Department will not be required to enforce a Gathering Place policy that bans open and concealed carry of firearms on its premises, according to the City Attorney’s Office."
Alas, goldgigger14, ‘any property designated by a...’ governmental entity, but the gathering place was a privately funded way to obtain a tax deduction by those rich folk in the Tulsa area and from the article it does not seem the city has control over the area. [especially since the have their own security force on the site].

quote from the article...

“We [Tulsa police spokesperson] maintain the legal authority to enforce all ordinances and state laws applicable to private spaces open to the public,” MacKenzie said in a prepared statement.
The department, however, does not enforce park rules, she said.

“Gathering Place has its own private security that officers assist on several matters, but (police) do not have anything to do with their rules,” she said.

The city attorney said Gathering Place officials acknowledged that “a court case” would ultimately be required to determine whether the firearm ban could legally be enforced.” Unquote.

Might be better to organize a boycott but consider the back lash from the anti’s and JQPublic might significantly increase attendance.

 

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The article does a pitiful job of explaining (or linking to) just what kind of entity “Gathering Place” actually is.

Cites of relevant information on that topic would be of great help.
 

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From the RiverParks Authority [https://www.riverparks.org/parks-information/park-rules-and-faqs/] under the question about Gathering Place,

Tulsa’s Gathering Place is a separate and special park for everyone originally owned by a subsidiary of the George Kaiser Family Foundation which was gifted to the River Parks Authority.

Management and operation of the park was retained by a GKFF subsidiary, GGP Parks, LLC.

Owned by a foundation and ran by said foundation.

[sidebar about Tulsa’s RiverParks authority ~ same cite,
River Parks Authority is a public trust authority created to develop and maintain the public park lands along the Arkansas River in Tulsa County. In Tulsa, there are three separate public park agencies: River Parks Authority, the City of Tulsa Parks Department, and the Tulsa County Park Department.]
 

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http://www.news9.com/story/39045203/security-for-tulsas-gathering-place
TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa's Gathering Place opens to the public Saturday morning and many are asking about park security.

Park officials say Gathering Place will have security 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are more than 100 cameras scattered throughout the park, focusing on areas where the largest number of people will gather, including parking lots and the playground.

On a typical day there will be one officer watching cameras and three to five walking around the park. On big event days, they'll add more security with the help of private firms and the Tulsa Police Department.
Everything I have read, this is a public park.

http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/DeliverDocument.asp?CiteID=69745
Title 21 - Chapter 53 - Section 1277 UNLAWFUL CARRY IN CERTAIN PLACES
B. For purposes of subsection A of this section, the prohibited place does not include and specifically excludes the following property:
4. Any property designated by a city, town, county or state governmental authority as a park, recreational area, or fairgrounds; provided, nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to authorize any entry by a person in possession of a concealed or unconcealed handgun into any structure, building or office space which is specifically prohibited by the provisions of subsection A of this section;
 

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snippp...

Everything I have read, this is a public park.

Snippp...
Hummm, CoL, might I direct your kind attention to my earlier post which state the Tulsa RiverPark Authority is not in managerial control of the Gathering Place but the “foundation” is!

Therefore CoL, which governmental entity has declared this property a park, especially since no governmental entity has control over said property?

Further concept, it does not appear no governmental entity has fiscal budgetary responsibility for the property.

IMHO, when someone ‘gifts’ something to someone, the ‘gifting’ activity [not lease btw] would signify the gifter relinquishs all rights to the gift itself; but I guess if you have enough money, status, etc., you can take your mega deductions and ‘gift’ the property, and still maintain exclusive control over it!
 

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Hummm, CoL, might I direct your kind attention to my earlier post which state the Tulsa RiverPark Authority is not in managerial control of the Gathering Place but the “foundation” is!

Therefore CoL, which governmental entity has declared this property a park, especially since no governmental entity has control over said property?

Further concept, it does not appear no governmental entity has fiscal budgetary responsibility for the property.

IMHO, when someone ‘gifts’ something to someone, the ‘gifting’ activity [not lease btw] would signify the gifter relinquishs all rights to the gift itself; but I guess if you have enough money, status, etc., you can take your mega deductions and ‘gift’ the property, and still maintain exclusive control over it!
Let me help you out. First, go to this link: https://www.riverparks.org/parks-information/boards-meetings-and-public-notices/

Go down to "Tulsa’s Gathering Place, LLC" and open the first "Notice." Look at the upper left hand corner. What does it say????

If the LLC was private you wouldn't even know about their meetings. But, they are government controlled and public notice is required. Who is the notice filed with?

Just say'n.
 

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Let me help you out. First, go to this link: https://www.riverparks.org/parks-information/boards-meetings-and-public-notices/

Go down to "Tulsa’s Gathering Place, LLC" and open the first "Notice." Look at the upper left hand corner. What does it say????

If the LLC was private you wouldn't even know about their meetings. But, they are government controlled and public notice is required. Who is the notice filed with?

Just say'n.
Hummm...did my esteemed collegue open any and all of the gathering park’s minutes and compare them to the riverpark authority minutes? They are basically blank, devoid of any substance held in the board room of the ‘foundation’ and not under the auspices of the riverpark authority’s meetings?

and of course the ‘foundation’ has LLC’d their interests to provide liability to their ‘park’ interests, wouldn’t you?

‘IF’ covers a myriad of sins in regards to multi $$$$ deductions now doesn’t it! Cuz ‘IF’ the gathering place were under the direct contol of riverparks authority’s auspices, why a separate board meeting?

Apparently, there is contrary info in the riverpark authority’s web page(s) regarding management of Tulsa’s gathering place.

So, guess we are both only speculating until a couple of,fone calls to riverpark authority and the ‘foundation’ can be made on the morrow.
 

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Three questions to them that will determine their character. Are they subject to the Oklahoma open records act. Who do the employees work for- the LLC or park service? And, does the park receive any tax dollars in any why, shape or form?
 

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More info for you guys.

https://www.ammoland.com/2018/10/oklahomas-state-preemption-law-defeats-gun-free-zone-in-tulsa/



The Gathering Place, a 66.5 acre park in Tulsa, Oklahoma, attempted to ban the exercise of Second Amendment rights in the park, contrary to state law. Tulsa police will not enforce the ban
Thanks for the article. The article makes it clear that the city does not want this ownership issue to see the light of day. Any kind of lawsuit involves discovery. Discovery could discover more than who owns the park.
 

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Thanks for the article. The article makes it clear that the city does not want this ownership issue to see the light of day. Any kind of lawsuit involves discovery. Discovery could discover more than who owns the park.
In my humblest tone :rolleyes: towards SW OHIO... H M M M M M M, R E A L L Y ? :banghead:
 

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Three questions to them that will determine their character. Are they subject to the Oklahoma open records act. Who do the employees work for- the LLC or park service? And, does the park receive any tax dollars in any why, shape or form?
It may be tough to get a usable answer to any of those questions. In my opinion, a better idea is to just send them a request for open records on some benign and unrelated matter and see if they respond. If they respond, they must be a public entity. If they refuse to supply the requested documents, they will have to explain why they are exempt.

I did this very thing with the Louisville Water Co. and received the documents that I requested. Later, when I approached the CEO about their ban on firearms, he claimed that they were a private company. I asked why they responded to open records requests and he had no answer. Gotcha! Their gun ban is gone.
 

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Quiet simply the law states any place designated by a city, county or state entity to be a public park shall not prohibit firearms. The park was designated by the city of Tulsa to a be a public park that was gifted to a private entity. In short even the city states that it is designated as a public park.
 

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