Council says no to gun-free zones

Council says no to gun-free zones

The Culpeper Town Council during its regular Tuesday meeting approved a resolution stating that the town will not pass any ordinances establishing gun-free zones. The resolution passed by a 5-4 vote with council members Jamie Clancey, Pranas Rimeikis, Keith Price and Meghan Taylor dissenting. The resolution was in response to a Virginia Code section granting localities powers including the ability to prohibit firearms in buildings, recreation centers and parks it owns or operates. The code section also grants localities the ability to ban firearms on any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, right-of-way or “any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public and is being used by or is adjacent to a permitted event or an event that would otherwise require a permit.” Additionally, the code allows localities to enforce such firearm prohibitions by implementing security measures including metal detectors or increased security. This code, the resolution states, allows localities to “ban otherwise lawfully possessed and transported firearms from certain public spaces.” Enacting such an ordinance, the resolution states, would cause “law-abiding citizens to be exposed to a patchwork of local ordinances as they travel throughout the Commonwealth.” The resolution adds that Culpeper welcomes “law-abiding citizens who wish to live in, visit, or otherwise participate in the economy of our community,” which includes those “who choose to legally carry a firearm for personal protection.” Mayor Michael Olinger said the town has never had intentions of passing ordinances restricting gun rights. He added that because so many […]

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