Gun range bans police

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Police barred from Vermont gun range over proposed semi-automatic rifle ban

Fox News: The battle over the right to bear arms is flaring in Vermont, where a local  gun range has moved to prohibit the Burlington Police Department from training  at its facilities after the City Council voted to advance a measure banning  semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity magazines.

The leadership of the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club explained that it’s  “difficult” for the club to support the city — even its officers — given the  actions of the council.

“We have members in Burlington as well as members of our club that are going  to be passing through Burlington and this would directly affect them and we felt  that a prejudicial vote like that was going to be non-supportive of our club and  being non-supportive of our club makes it very difficult to support Burlington  City,” said Bob Boivin, chairman of the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club.

“It is a constitutional issue. I mean, it’s not just a Second Amendment  constitutional issue; but it’s also a constitutional issue for Vermont. We have  laws that have the state governing our gun controls in this area and they’re  looking to supersede those,” he said. The group’s ban will affect how and when officers train in the state, where  such facilities are limited.

In response, the Burlington Police Department released a statement saying:  “It is unfortunate that this important and much-needed community dialogue  regarding gun control currently under way in the City of Burlington and across  the nation has resulted in this action.”

The city government is defending the measure. “In the absence of federal legislation or state law we feel it has come upon us as a city to take the measures we feel are necessary to protect our citizens,” Burlington City Councilman Norman Blais said.

“Ultimately, I don’t think that the best way to assert control over guns is at the local level,” conceded Joan Shannon, president of the Burlington City Council. “But here in Burlington, I think we felt the need to act because we didn’t see action coming from either the state level or the federal level.”

Boivin argues city-by-city gun rules would create a multitude of  challenges. “If you’re going to a shoot, say in one end of Vermont to the other, you have  to check the laws for every town in between, and you will pass through a half a  dozen different towns, and that makes it almost impossible for someone to stay  as a legal gun owner, and that’s what we’re concerned about,” he said.

Shannon said the council’s action are only a first step toward better protecting the people of the city, “but this at least gets the discussion started and often times we have found in Burlington that we lead the way and others will follow, and I think that that’s the intention here.”

The Burlington City Council’s proposal to ban certain assault weapons is far  from being implemented. City voters would get a say in 2014. Then the measure  would require approval by the Vermont legislature. Finally, if it does become  law, it’s likely to face a constitutional challenge from gun-rights  advocates.

As a private range, Lamoille certainly has the right to ban people. I’m glad to see them taking a stand against the city council. If you live in the area, be sure to patron the Club and support them!

DCG

 

3 responses to “Gun range bans police

  1. So i suppose they think the people in thier community that plan, plot or just nut up at random are going to rush right over to city hall and hand over thier guns and magizines and use legal ones the next time they need some cash or drugs,,, where do these people get these stupid ideas, this whole thing is a polititians dream, look at all the “save the world” laws they can dream up to flaunt election time

  2. No for-thee-but-not-for-me there.

  3. ” TO SERVE AND PROTECT ” is one of the biggest frauds perpetrated upon the American people . They are nothing but law ” ENFORCEMENT ” . If you don’t like the law , too bad . The S.C. has made rulings that police dept’s are not ” LEGALLY BOUND ” to protect the “individual” citizen .

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