Vermont gun club bars Burlington police from range practice
A Vermont shooting range has banned Burlington police in protest of a city council gun control proposal.
The national debate over gun control got very local for police in Burlington, Vt., earlier this month, after an area shooting range barred officers from practicing on its premises. The move came in protest of the city’s proposed ban on certain assault weapons.
The resolution, which the Burlington City Council recently voted 10-3 in favor of, would ban assault-style firearms and large-capacity magazines within city limits. Similar initiatives have gone before city governments across the United States even as President Barack Obama met with law enforcement officials to discuss gun control measures Monday.
The ban wouldn’t go into effect until 2014. However the 400 member club voted 6 to 1 to deny the local police the use of the gun range. This action, of course, puts the police in the middle. It wasn’t their decision one way or the other to restrict assault-style firearms and large capacity magazines with in city limits.
Is the gun club in the city? Why would a gun club in inside city limits? I can certainly see why the city residents don’t want assault weapons in the city. Cities have a higher density population.
The good folks of the Lamoille Valley Fish & Game Club have not given their point of view or said why they care what goes on in the city of Burlington, Vermont. I do not believe the city ordinance affects any of the events at their facility. Meanwhile, the Burlington police are caught in the middle.
Ah ha! Here is a statement of the gun club’s concerns, courtesy of Foxnews.com:
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.
Well, that seems like a reason for concern if there are no by-passes to circumvent the Burlington. This is also an area that could be negotiated. Those passing through the city could be allowed to bring their guns providing the guns are in their cases and the magazines are also put away in a case. That seems like a simple compromise that would appease everyone.
Why aren’t they talking about it?