- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) - An ongoing legal battle over a northeast Oklahoma gun museum hasn’t been able to trigger a resolution.

The J.M. Davis Foundation Inc. filed a lawsuit against the state and the J.M. Davis Memorial Commission about seven years ago. The foundation accuses the commission of breaching a contract to preserve antique weapons and artifacts displayed at the state-run J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore.

The lawsuit originated in Tulsa County in August 2008 and was moved to Rogers County two months later.

“There have been lawyers come in and out on both sides,” said John Carwile, one of the attorneys who represents the foundation. “There’s been an effort to see if some of the funding from the state that actually was in response to budget requests was significantly enough to maybe improve the condition. And it simply hasn’t happened. And I’m not assigning blame on either side.”

The foundation’s lawsuit alleges gross neglect, including melted gun butts, rusted guns and swords, and moth-eaten military uniforms, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1L0gQXS ) reported. It cites a 2006 state investigative audit that determined 125 firearms were missing from the museum and that other guns weren’t properly cleaned or tagged.

A judge recently ordered both parties to submit protocol on how an inspection of the museum and collection could occur to provide an expert opinion at trial.

The foundation is seeking to terminate a lease with the state, regain and liquidate the collection, and apply for funding to continue displaying some of the firearms for public viewing.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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