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    If you live in or near Craven County, attend the public meeting on this gun ban scheme!

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    Craven commissioners to hear more on proposal for gun ban


    Sue Book
    Sun Journal
    August 3, 2007 - 10:13PM



    The Craven County Board of Commissioners recently made it clear that it opposes banning weapons in public buildings.

    The commissioners aren’t banning free speech, either. They will hear from the Craven County sheriff and two residents on the matter Monday.

    After the Virginia Tech massacre, county employees brought back before the board a proposed ordinance banning guns in county buildings which had been shelved more than a year ago.

    Chairman Johnnie Sampson, who with Commissioner Lee K. Allen appeared to favor a ban, asked to hear from the Sheriff Jerry Monette on firearm restrictions already in place. He is on the agenda for the board’s 7 p.m. meeting.

    So are Michael Speciale, Craven County Republican Party chairman, and Bill Harper, a former commissioner, who said their comments will accent the importance of preserving the constitutional right to bear arms.

    Four other residents are on the agenda, three scheduled to speak on the location of the new judicial complex and one on closing a portion of Gethsemane Road.

    The board also expects to hear from Emergency Services Director Stanley Kite on Harlowe and Dover Volunteer Fire Departments’ requests to acquire new equipment and the final report by intern Megan Piner on county property inventory.

    The board’s consent agenda, which is approved without discussion unless a commissioner requests that an item be removed, includes a $16,397 Bureau of Justice grant for laptops in sheriff’s deputies’ cars and an $8,000 contract with Holland Planning Consulting for a pre-disaster mitigation project and for a hazard mitigation update plan.

    The consent agenda includes a county lease for a new five-acre hurricane debris site at the intersection of N.C. 101 and Blades Road in Harlowe and selling county surplus property on GovDeals.com.

    Another item on the agenda is ending an on-premise sign moratorium, originally scheduled to end Aug. 19. That provision was not included when commissioners adopted a new off-premises sign ordinance which included wording to end the off-premises sign moratorium.

    The meeting in the Commissioners’ Room on the second floor of the Craven County Administration Building is open to the public.


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    Bravo for the chairmen! I can't wait to hear what silly arguments "the OTHER side'" puts forth.

    My dad owns a store in New Bern.......will have to see if he's up to going to the meeting and giving us a first hand account of what transpires.

    Funny, turns out I know the reporter that wrote this.....went to H.S. with her daughter! (DEFINITELY a hottie!)



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    And now the story ends - WELL!

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    Sheriff says gun ban on county property would wouldn't deter criminals
    Sue Book
    Sun Journal
    August 6, 2007 - 9:25PM

    Consideration of a weapons ban in Craven County buildings appears to be over.

    Craven County Sheriff Jerry Monette told the county commissioners
    Monday night that a ban would have little effect. "Those who would do
    it without a lawful permit are going to do it anyway," he said. "An
    ordinance would not restrict them."

    Monette most people who are already carrying weapons are doing it in
    violation of state law that prohibits weapons in law enforcement
    offices, courthouses, financial institutions, anywhere state or
    federal employees work, educational institutions, places of public
    assembly or places where a proprietor posts a no-weapons sign.

    The commissioners recently postponed action on a proposed until they
    could hear the sheriff's views.

    Commissioner Lee K. Allen said later Monday night: "I think you've
    heard the last on a weapons ordinance."

    Allen and Commissioners' Chairman Johnnie Sampson were the last of the
    seven commissioners to back off consideration of a weapons ban. The
    five other commissioners had expressed their opposition earlier.

    Two local residents told the commissioners that any further
    consideration of a ban should be abandoned. They would have no
    restriction on where a person could carry a gun if it were up to them.

    Michael Speciale, chairman of the Craven County Republican Party, and
    Bill Harper, a former county commissioner, said law-abiding people
    don't commit crimes with guns and criminals don't pay attention to
    signs about gun bans anyway.

    "It is a constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms,"
    Speciale said. He said that having gun-free zones like at Virginia
    Tech or "a sign on the front door saying 'no weapons allowed' will
    insure there will be no law-abiding citizens armed to prevent
    carnage."

    Harper recalled two times that he shot a gun in New Bern in response
    to threats by youths.

    "It wasn't to kill them. It was to let them know I was not
    unprotected," Harper said. He said they left quickly after he shot
    several times into the air.

    Speciale and Harper spoke in the citizen petition portion of the
    commissioners' meeting and not in response to Monette's presentation.
    A ban on weapons in county buildings was proposed more than a year
    ago, but it was not adopted. The issue came up again in July.


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    Sheriff Monette for president!

    :celebrate

    It's good to hear ANY good news in favor of RKBA atANY level of government.

    Right on!

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