CASEY: New restrictions bring measure of gun sanity to Roanoke

CASEY: New restrictions bring measure of gun sanity to Roanoke

Are you feeling perturbed about the “gun ban” Roanoke’s city council enacted March 15? Relax. The fears raised by opponents are largely hokum. No, the law’s not a first step in the gutting of the Second Amendment. Roanoke Police aren’t going door-to-door seizing firearms. Nor will they begin July 1, when the so-called “ban” takes effect. Yes, open carry is still permitted in most places around the city — the same goes for concealed carry by permit-holders. And yes, Roanokers are still allowed to own so-called “assault rifles,” and high-capacity magazines, and other gun-related paraphernalia. Shooting ranges in Roanoke remain open for business. Same with gun stores. Law-abiding adults can buy as many handguns, shotguns and AR-15s as they can afford. Instead, the ordinance prohibits people from bringing guns into city-owned buildings — such as city hall, the Berglund Center, libraries, rec centers — and city-owned property or parks, or at city-permitted events such as parades. (The law allows for certain exceptions.) The ordinance also likely spells the end of gun shows at the Berglund Center, which have been semi-annual events for as long as I can remember. Big whoop. There will be gun shows in Salem.

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