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Old 08-17-2009, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default Florida Town Told To Arm Themselves!

Is this what the people think is needed for the coming times?

Plan urges firearms in every Belleview home

By Bill Thompson
Staff writer

Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 at 6:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 11:02 p.m.
A proposed resolution set to go before the Belleview City Commission urges the head of every household in the city to have a gun in order to protect their families and to keep the peace in an emergency.

On Tuesday, the board will consider the plan, which has been introduced by Belleview resident Donny Barber, to encourage "all law abiding citizens to own a handgun, rifle or shotgun and receive adequate training to become proficient in the use of and safe handling of the weapon so they are prepared to protect themselves and their families."

The resolution also calls on homeowners to "maintain a firearm, together with ammunition" in order "to provide for the emergency management" of the city, as well as "to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare" of Belleview and its residents.

Tuesday's action would be the first of two steps to enact the resolution.

Commissioners would have to vote to direct staff to draft the document in the city's official format.

If they agree to that, the resolution would come back a second time in September for final adoption.

Barber is the executive director of the Sovereignty Action Committee, an Ocala-based group that wants the state to assert its rights against federal encroachment, as outlined in the Constitution's 10th Amendment.

His resolution offers 14 reasons why Belleview residents should arm themselves.

He cites the Second Amendment, as well as the District of Columbia vs. Heller case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution grants private citizens the right to own firearms.

Barber also notes other court rulings that have held "citizens are ultimately responsible for their own defense.

Furthermore, he mentions that criminals commit 10 million violent crimes a year, but several studies indicate that gun ownership helps deter crime.

"The right of a person to possess a weapon to protect himself and his family should be an undeniable right of all Americans," one clause of the resolution says. "Guns in the hands of law abiding citizens make all people safer including those who do not own guns."

One commissioner reached for comment on Friday labeled the proposal "redundant" in light of the Second Amendment, and expressed doubt that the board would advance it.

"They've got a long way to go to convince me" that the resolution is needed, Commissioner Ken Nadeau said.

The proposal does contain great latitude.

Exempt from the suggestion to own and keep a gun would be residents with a mental or physical disability that prohibits them from owning firearms, convicted felons, "paupers" and those who "conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine."
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