Christiansburg councilman favors town adopting gun control measure akin to Blacksburg

Christiansburg councilman favors town adopting gun control measure akin to Blacksburg

CHRISTIANSBURG — Steve Huppert says he has nothing against the Second Amendment and people who own and carry firearms. But there’s an appropriate place for them, the Christiansburg councilman said. “People shouldn’t have sex out in the middle of Christiansburg,” Huppert said. “That’s how I feel about gun control. There’s a place for everything.” Huppert is asking that Christiansburg consider adopting stricter gun control measures. The councilman’s call comes after the Blacksburg Town Council’s recent passing of an ordinance that will ban the carrying of firearms in town-owned buildings, parks and streets when they are used for permitted events. Blacksburg’s ordinance, which goes into effect March 1, is allowed by a local option measure that was passed by the General Assembly last year and that went into effect in July. “If [the Christiansburg] council felt this way, I would be happy to put it on the agenda for the next meeting,” Huppert said during a previous meeting. Huppert said he’s not asking for a carbon copy Blacksburg’s actions. He said his proposal for now would cover town facilities and parks and not necessarily festivals that require use of the streets. “You just want to take small bites,” he said. Huppert has extensive experience with firearms due, in large part, to his time in the Army, where he spent several months as a platoon leader during a tour in Vietnam in the late 1960s. He saw combat. Huppert said he doesn’t see the need for bringing firearms into town buildings […]

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