‘It’s a workplace safety rule’: Norwalk considering gun ban in city facilities

‘It’s a workplace safety rule’: Norwalk considering gun ban in city facilities

Norwalk police check the hunting lincenses of duck hunters below the high tide mark at Calf Pasture Beach Tuesday, November 20, 2018, in Norwalk, Conn. NORWALK — The Common Council is considering banning guns in all city facilities. The proposed rule came about when the council’s Ordinance Committee was working on clarifying an amendment regarding waterfowl hunting after state Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, and Mayor Harry Rilling declared a hunting moratorium to allow an assessment on the area, following complaints about people hunting in city parks. Ordinance Committee Chair Lisa Shanahan said the group decided to look at other gun-related regulations at the same time and found there was already signage at City Hall indicating guns aren’t allowed, but no corresponding ordinance. Creating a specific ordinance on the topic would give the city authority to post signs and ban guns from all city facilities. In proposing the ordinance, the city consulted with City Hall departments, who said their employees are already not allowed to bring guns into the workplace. Under Connecticut law, individual property owners can decide whether or not guns can be allowed on their land, which Shanahan said gives the city the right to ban guns on their property as well. The committee is also working with the state on the wording to make sure both proposed changes don’t infringe on any state laws. The statute would apply to city “owned or leased property or facility, including any park, beach or any other recreational property or facility.” […]

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