Alabama city backs off on disarming citizens in a "disaster"

Here’s an example of the power of the New Media of bloggers.
We may not be successful at dislodging corruption and incompetence from the White House and Congress, but in case after case, the volunteer army of citizen bloggers are successful in countering small petty tyrants.
A recent example is the mayor and city council of Guntersville, a city in Marshall County, Alabama. Located at the southernmost point of the Tennessee River on Lake Guntersville, the population of Guntersville was 8,197, according to the 2010 census.
On February 26, 2013, Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars sounded the alert that Guntersville’s mayor Leigh Dollar was working with city officials to pass an ordinance that would give police the power to “disarm individuals” during a disaster.

The new rule would allow authorities to confiscate guns of “unruly” people during an extreme weather event such as the April 2011 tornadoes or any other emergency. “The ordinance states officers could disarm individuals, if necessary, reports ABC 31. “Dollar says the proposal is just way to give officers more authority to protect themselves.”

Dollar denied that the ordinance would be used to take away constitutional rights, but residents questioned why authorities would need to pass a new ordinance given that police already have the power to arrest citizens who are being “unruly,” whether armed or not.

Watson called the proposed ordinance “a chilling example of how the second amendment is being assaulted via the back door” and reminds us of what happened in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when the New Orleans Police, National Guard troops, and U.S. Marshals confiscated firearms and only law enforcement was allowed to have guns. The National Guard conducted warrantless house-to-house searches, targeting not just Hurricane-hit areas under the pretext of stopping violent looters, but also high and dry homes that were not even affected by the storm.

The Guntersville gun grab ordinance would be on the city council agenda at their meeting on March 4th.


After the story went viral, relayed by citizen blogger after blogger, Guntersville’s mayor Leigh Dollar backed down!
On February 28, 2013, four days before the city council’s meeting to consider the gun-confiscation ordinance, the City of Guntersville issued this statement on its website:




It was never the intent of the City of Guntersville Mayor or City Council to disarm individuals during a disaster.

As of February 27, 2013, the Emergency Preparedness Ordinance was officially withdrawn from consideration.


We won this one against little tyrants! 😀


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7 years ago

I’m from rural Alabama, about 2 hours away from Guntersville. When I read about what this mayor was attempting to do, I knew she must be either nutty or just dumb. Rural Alabamians tend to be rather conservative and cling tightly to their guns and religion. I can not imagine house to house searches to confiscate guns here. It would be a bloodbath.

7 years ago

Mayor Dollar’s father was mayor years ago. I guess name recognition would be one way she got elected. I can’t see how she was elected if she ran on these types of policies. Here is a link to an interview after her election. Note she says she did not plan on making many changes…

7 years ago

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this great post and for this great news! It makes no sense for this ordinance since the police have the power to arrest individuals who are unruly, especially if they have a gun, anyway! There has to be another agenda, or, this woman wants some kind of track record of protecting the community, getting on the bandwagon of gun control. How stupid can she be?

7 years ago

Score one for the Second Amendment!

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
7 years ago

Let’s hope that the citizenry are smart enough to oust this little lady come the next election. You know . . . if it looks like a duck (libtard) quacks like a duck (libtard) then by golly, it probably is a duck (libtard!) Get ’em the heck out of office–send ’em down the road. Maybe they will think again, when it comes to attempting to steal the God given rights of any of this nation’s citizens.

7 years ago

Bad legislation never dies , it just finds a back door to burst through . The people of Guntersville need to stay vigilant against this Hillary wanna-be .