The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 05/20/08
Milton may have dodged a bullet Monday night. :celebrate

The City Council changed an ordinance that allowed the city to ban firearms in the event of a disaster, a measure that put Milton in the sights of the pro-gun group, has sued several cities, including Atlanta, for keeping such a provision on the books.

By striking that prohibition, the city effectively eliminated any reason to be included in the litigation. GunCarry had notified the city that it intended to include Milton in a class action lawsuit.

"We made a fiscal decision not to fight this," said Chris Lagerbloom, public safety director.

Officially, the reason for the change was to make the city's law consistent with a state statute that expressly preempts counties and cities from regulating the possession of firearms or components of firearms.

Unchanged were prohibitions against possession, sale or use of explosives, gasoline, flammable liquids, or dangerous weapons, should a man-made or natural catastrophe strike.

The change won't take effect until June 2.