BamaCarry: Sumiton tried to get around gun laws

BamaCarry: Sumiton tried to get around gun laws

Gun Rights

Each year the City of Sumiton posts a sign at the entry of the annual Frog Festival on Main Street in Sumiton that says no weapons are allowed at the event. SUMITON – Sumiton will research more on the right to ban open carry of weapons, Mayor Petey Ellis said in response to the lawsuit against the city concerning open carry at the annual Frog Festival on Main Street. BamaCarry filed the lawsuit in Walker County Circuit Court on Thursday, Feb. 6. The Alabama gun rights group is suing Ellis for records the organization claims may show the city leased public property to private entities to circumvent state gun laws. Ellis said that the city plans to do further research on the question of whether it has the right to ban the open carry of weapons at the annual festival. "I’m not against the Second Amendment. Everybody carries guns," Ellis said, adding the city doesn’t intend to infringe on anybody’s rights. "But we want to be within our own rights. If we’re allowed to do that (ban open carry), which we thought we were and think we are, we’re going to continue doing it." He went on to say that if the law says the city can’t do it, then they won’t continue the ban. According to the lawsuit, Ellis did not respond to the group’s requests for public records, including documents related to any leases at past or future Frog Festivals, documents related to public notices, documents of […]

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