Dear Sir, MY name is Paul Mistretta, I am the current president of the board of directors of the Lincoln City Farmers and Crafter's Market. It is the policy of the board of directors and the market in general to keep political arguments out of the market arena, and to be as non political as possible. Our policy is in no way a statement on second amendment rights, it is a matter of public safety, and in as such we have decided to eliminate the open carrying of firearms from the market premises. Do remember that we have the right to limit what happens when we rent the space from the Cultural center as far as behavior of vendors and shoppers as well. We would like to make this as positive an experience as it can be for all concerned, and the brandishing of firearms even in a holster in our estimation is an invitation for a disaster that we would rather avoid. If you expect us to respect your rights, then in turn you have to respect ours. The property is posted at all entrances as to our open carry policy, I would hope you can see it within yourself to respect our private property rights as we respect your second amendment rights. Remember you are not the only on this effects, there is the public at large that can not be protected if the firearm is drawn.
Thank you very much for your attention in this matter.