Skip to comments.Bryant [AR] faces gun ban proposal ("You'll put your eye out" Alert!)
Posted on 12/07/2010 8:31:50 AM PST by DCBryan1
Reported by: Kelly Dudzik
The Bryant police chief wants to ban people from firing BB and pellet guns, and using bows and arrows, in city limits.
The chief tells FOX16 he got this idea when someone complained about a man shooting a Canadian goose with an arrow. Hurting a Canadian goose is already against federal law, but Chief Tony Coffman says he needs city council to pass a law in Bryant so no people get hurt.
"It could go through a window, strike a kid or an adult, or put an eye out," says Coffman.
Coffman says his proposed ban on firing BB and pellet guns and bows and arrows in Bryant is a matter of safety.
"If my child was shooting a BB gun out and about, with me being responsible for the damage that they cause, I would want to know what they're doing," he says.
Bart Turbyfill sells a lot of BB guns this time of year at his Benton shop to Bryant parents.
"What did you think initially when I first told you about this?" asked FOX16's Kelly Dudzik.
"I was shocked. Shocked. I actually didn't know how to take it, really," said Turbyfill.
Turbyfill's pellet gun customers are usually hunters using them for target practice in their yards. Some pellet guns are as powerful as .22s, which is why with all of these weapons, Turbyfill says safety has to come first.
"Treat a weapon as if it were loaded at all times, and you should not have any trouble," he says.
But, he thinks it is the parents' responsibility, not the city's, to keep an eye on their children.
"Teach them the weapon before they ever fire it. They should know how to load the weapon, unload the weapon and shoot properly before they ever go out to shoot,"he says.
So, how does Chief Coffman plan on enforcing the ban if it passes?
"If we actually see them do it, then the first time we'll take them home, wake up their parents. Explain to them we do have an ordinance for this, and explain that they could be fined the next time they get caught," says Coffman.
The Bryant City Council meets Thursday night. FOX16 asked Coffman if he'd put this on the fast track for a vote Thursday. He said no.
You have the next three city council meetings to speak up. The council would vote after the third reading of the proposed changes.
This would essentially ban hunting in Bryant, which is allowed now with bows and arrows.
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What Ralphie should really get....just to piss off the "Chief"
The money quote here:
Hurting a Canadian goose is already against federal law, but Chief Tony Coffman says he needs city council to pass a law in Bryant so no people get hurt.
Typical ne'er-do-well Democrat trying to infringe on our RIGHT to self-defense through laws in direct contravention to established law. No call to enforce the law, just to create new ones.
Just pass a law that says we all have to wear straight jackets and live in padded rooms and be done with it.
You’ll shoot your eye out, you’ll shoot your eye out!
Coming soon....No running with scissors law.
Great pic! Any you can get him to hold a 50 caliber Barrett?
I guess they didn’t already have laws against criminal negligence, property damage, and so forth?
There is a legal hunting season of these pests in Arkansas.
Whaa ... the cops are going to show up in the middle of the night?
You are perfectly safe in prison in solitary confinement, too.
That’s just stoopid. I practice in the backyard to cut down on range expenses.
Also a season here in Ohio. Giant rats with wings. Tasty though!
I wonder if they know I have a knife in my kitchen drawer.
(and you know what a knife MIGHT do)
For what geese or kids with BB guns? ;>)
“It could go through a window, strike a kid or an adult, or put an eye out”
It could go into a nuclear facility and pres the red button that would cause a melt down, or hit a dirigible and cause an explosion, it could cause someone to make a racist statement against native Americans if they get hit with an arrow...surely you can see the danger!
It’s more dangerous than the “Bag o’ Glass” toy from SNL.
Chief, it would be much better to ban cars, trucks, and buses. A lot more people get hurt by them compared to BBs and arrows. Then you could go after steps and ladders. A lot of people fall.
And then there are bed legs. I've stubbed my toe on them several times. Screwdrivers, knives, drills, saws. My goodness! He and council are going to be busy, busy, busy passing law so no people get hurt!
More like Chief Tony Clifton
"or hit a dirigible and cause an explosion"
"it could cause someone to make a racist statement against native Americans if they get hit with an arrow"
"surely you can see the danger!"
I can see the danger....and don't call me Shirley!
THAT IS A LIE. As long as it's in season and lawfully taken, there's nothing wrong with "hurting" the poor widdle goose.
therut: there is a legal hunting season for these pests
Darn right there is. There are a lot of geese hunters.