Gun-Toting Photo Shoot In Lincoln County Triggers Investigation

Monday, May 23rd 2011, 10:10 pm
By: News 9

Jennifer Pierce, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A dozen Oklahoma women who posed for a gun-filled photo shoot at the Lincoln County Courthouse are now under investigation.

They call themselves "Heels Packing Heat." They were fully armed the weekend they shot several pictures for a fundraiser.

It's against the law to bring a firearm into a courthouse.

The photos were supposed to go in a calendar to raise money for the Lincoln County Republicans. The women posed as snipers and on motorcycles. They even went as far as taking the shoot inside the Lincoln County Courthouse.

Steve Buoy, the chairman of the Lincoln County Republicans, says he had no idea where the shoot would take place.

"The ladies in the group wanted to get together to do a fundraiser. Come to find out today, I guess we've stepped on some toes," Buoy said.

Sheriff Charlie Dougherty says a county commissioner let the women in the courthouse. The move has upset judges and spurred an investigation.

Sheriff Dougherty has seen the surveillance video of the photo shoot, and the pictures posted on Facebook. He says he doesn't think the women meant any harm, but the law is the law and no guns are allowed in a courthouse.

"I don't know where they were going with this, but in our investigation I haven't got to talk to all these people. So I don't know what their intentions was (sic). I don't think they intended on violating any laws. I think it was very innocent."

News 9 could not reach any of the women involved in the shoot, but Buoy says they regret their actions.

"We will rectify it and apologize to the judges, and whoever else might have been offended, and try to make it right."

The women could face a misdemeanor charge for possession of a firearm inside a public building.