Guntersville, Alabama Mayor Leigh Dollar is working with city officials to pass an ordinance that would give authority to police to “disarm individuals” during a disaster.
According to the new ordinance officers could disarm individuals, if necessary during disasters. Dollar says it grants authority to police officers to protect themselves.
“We are not trying to infringe upon anyone constitutional rights whatsoever. It’s just to protect the workers working out there in a disaster,” Dollar said.
This is a load of BS. They are not trying to infringe on people’s constitutional rights, they are actually doing it! What about people protecting themselves? The mayor claims to be concerned for the police, but I see nothing in her statement indicating that she is concerned for the citizens of her town.
Demanding that this take place in the event of a disaster only makes the people more vulnerable, not safer. Just look at what took place during the disaster we named Hurricane Katrina here and here. This was a clear violation of the people and their property by the government and military. In fact, I can guarantee that if they attempted that around my neck of the woods, it would be the last time many gun grabbers would do so.
Guntersville Music Academy music teacher Paul Landry opposes the ordinance stating, “Well, it seems like an infringement on the 2nd Amendment and that’s the biggest problem I have with it.” He’s right, only there is nothing “seeming” about it. It is most definitely that.
Dollar says that the town needs the new law and wants to model it after Tuscaloosa, which already has similar legislation on the books.
On March 4th this ordinance will be on the agenda at the next Guntersville City Council meeting. Citizens of Guntersville, if you find yourself in a disaster and the cops coming for your arms and you don’t stand up at this meeting and be heard, then you have no one to blame but yourself.
UPDATE 2/27/2013: According to the Milla Sachs, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, she issued a statement a few days ago about this ordinance, which you can find here. The Mayor’s office also presented a statement and the spokeswoman told me that the ordinance, which you can read its language here, was set to be pulled today and the wording was in line with the State law.
The obvious question I had, was if the State already includes this, why is it being included in the city ordinance? We can all agree that if a law enforcement officer is threatened that he can do what he needs to do to disarm the threat. The specific language reads, “As provided by Alabama State Code, any law enforcement officers acting in official duties may disarm and individual if deemed necessary. The officer must return the firearm to the individual before leaving or arrest the individual.”
While the Mayor’s office affirms that they stand by the Second Amendment and they are thankful many people are standing up for it. The real problem, as I see it, is the ordinance should not have been introduced, nor should the State have language like it does about disarming, simply because it is totally ambiguous. “If deemed necessary” could imply a lot of different things, depending on which officer is asked. The question I would have is, how many of those things are lawful?
UPDATE 2/28/13: Guntersville City Council dismisses proposed ordinance
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The Guntersville City Council dismissed a proposed resolution that some thought would violate their 2nd Amendment rights. It would’ve allowed police officers to disarm harmful people, in emergency situations. The Mayor says the proposal was in no way meant to violate anyone’s rights.