Skip to comments.Roanoke County gun ordinance controversy (VA)
Posted on 07/15/2012 5:49:25 AM PDT by marktwain
ROANOKE COUNTY, VA --
There's a growing controversy over a Roanoke County gun ordinance. A statewide gun rights group is rallying at Green Hill Park tonight against a county rule dealing with guns in parks, calling it confusing and unfair.
State law allows anyone who can legally own a gun to carry it into a county park but the Virginia Citizens Defense League argues the way Roanoke County's ordinance is written it makes it sound like gun owners can't bring firearms into parks.
Roanoke County's wording says No person shall within a park use, carry, or possess firearms, ammunition, or combinations thereof, as expressly prohibited by statute..."
The county argues that because statute, or state law, does not prohibit legal gun owners from bringing guns into parks, those folks are fine to do so and the ordinance complies with state law.
Roanoke County attorney Paul Mahoney says he wrote it that way so police still had clear authority to arrest anyone who legally can't have a gun in a park, like a convicted felon for example.
Im kind of baffled by the controversy. Some people can't take yes for answer. We're not preventing them from openly displaying their firearms in a county park says Mahoney.
The Virginia Citizens Defense League says the ordinance is confusing to the average person and needs to be rewritten more clearly so people understand their rights.
The group and the Mahoney have exchanged emails about the ordinance. At this point, there have been no legal challenges.
Confusion is a weapon used by the powers that be to grab your guns. Maybe, just maybe, after a long drawn out expensive court battle, you’ll get your gun back...maybe.
Let’s see. A law that says it’s against the law if there’s a law against it. Did I get that right?