Residents Protest Fairfax County Gun Ban

Residents Protest Fairfax County Gun Ban

Fairfax County resident Michael Parker, center, gathers with Second Amendment supporters at the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve for an open carry hike Sept. 19 along the Mount Vernon Trail. Photo by Janet Barnett/The Gazette Photo by Janet Barnett/The Gazette A group of Fairfax County residents gathered Sept. 19 at the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve for what was billed as an open carry hike along the Mount Vernon Trail in protest of the recent Board of Supervisors vote to ban guns on public property. “We are here to support the Second Amendment and to protest the gun restrictions passed by Fairfax County,” said organizer Michael Parker, a retired Army officer and 22-year county resident. “We are expressing our Constitutional rights and the right to protect ourselves in public spaces.” The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted Sept. 15 to ban guns on public property. Under the new regulations, guns will not be allowed in county buildings, community centers, or at parks and recreation facilities. Exemptions to the ban include sworn law enforcement officers, ROTC and collegiate sports participants, educational county programs and events, and the Bull Run Public Shooting Center. Violators would face a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,500 or both. “I find it ironic that this gun ban exempts law enforcement officers but not licensed concealed carry permit holders, who commit firearm violations at 1/7th the rate of law enforcement officers,” said Parker, who holds a […]

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