Culpeper Town Council says no to gun-free zones

Culpeper Town Council says no to gun-free zones

The Culpeper Town Council has approved a resolution stating that the town will not pass any ordinances establishing gun-free zones. The resolution was passed Oct. 13 by a 5-4 vote with council members Jamie Clancey, Pranas Rimeikis, Keith Price and Meaghan Taylor dissenting. The resolution was in response to a Virginia Code section granting localities the ability to prohibit firearms in buildings, recreation centers and parks it owns or operates. 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,” including those “who choose to legally carry a firearm for personal protection.” Just one of the 10-plus residents who spoke during the meeting opposed the resolution. Mayor Michael Olinger said the town never intended to pass ordinances restricting gun rights. Due to how many people showed up in support of the resolution, he added that he would vote in favor of it. Although he previously voted in favor of a pro-Second Amendment resolution, Price said he is “really torn” over the new resolution. He said it is just a statement of […]

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