Albemarle County holds off on implementing gun ban on county property

Albemarle County holds off on implementing gun ban on county property

A firearm is stored in a holster outside the Albemarle County Office Building. (WVIR) ALBEMARLE Co., Va. (WVIR) – After a public hearing, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors decided to push off a vote on a potential ban on firearms on county-owned properties, including buildings and parks. Just an hour before the virtual public hearing began, and supervisors were briefed on the measure, dozens of gun rights supporters gathered and spoke in front of the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road, which is the usual non-Zoom meeting spot for supervisors. The message from those rallying was loud and clear. “To support it is just an infringement on law-abiding citizens. Do you think criminals are going to pay any attention to this? It’s just insane,” said Tom Templeton, a demonstrator. The group, many of whom were from the county, adamantly opposed the measure. Albemarle County Police Chief Ron Lantz was asked if this measure would help. “Every situation’s different,” he said. “Obviously when officers are responding to the scene of an incident and there’s guns on scene it heightens the response, so they’re on a heightened sense of alert.” Supervisor Bea LaPisto Kirtley expressed one of her concerns. “Let’s say, for lack of a better term, the good guys start shooting what they think is the bad guy,” she said. “But then I may think I don’t know if that’s a good guy or a bad guy, and I may shoot them, or the police may shoot them.” […]

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