is reporting that South Jordan City Council is considering an ordinance to ban airsoft, BB, and paintball guns.
the ordinancewould make it a class B misdemeanor "to display any air gun, gas operated gun, spring gun or any toy or weapon that is a replica or close in appearance to a firearm in such a manner that a reasonable person would feel threatened by such display." or "to deploy or use any air gun, 'B-B' gun, gas-operated gun, paint ball gun, or spring gun or any instrument, toy or weapon commonly known as a 'peashooter,' 'slingshot,' 'paintball gun' or 'airsoft gun' or any other instrument including but not limited to bows and arrows, made for the purpose of throwing or projecting projectiles of any kind by any means whatsoever, whether such instrument is called by any name set forth above or by any other name."There's an exception if you can get written permission
from the Chief of Police (I'll buy dinner for the first person that can actually get permission from the Chief of Police for paintballing).
Problems with this law:
- Undue intrusionon personal freedom
- Since when was it the government's job to say whether I can or can't shoot a slingshot in my ownbackyard? Thisis agrossintrusion by government which, frankly, offends my sensibilities as a citizen in a supposedly-free country. There's not even a private-property exception for doing these things inside your own house!
-If taken literally (and there's really no other way to take it), the prohibition against "any instrument . . . made for the purpose of throwing or projecting projectiles of any kind by any means whatsoever" could be used to ban rubber-band 'guns', marshmallow or gum-drop 'guns', lacrosse sticks,Nerf toys that launch foam balls,children's plastic bows with suction-cup-tippedarrows, or even those sillyKoosh ball launchers that Rosie O'Donnel made famous.
- Much too severe
- A class B misdemeanor? Seriously?!? That could mean up to six months in jail and $1,850 in fines. It creates the crazy situation where i can go to jail for carrying a fake gun around the city but am acting legally if I carry a real gun.
- Solution in search ofa problem
- Apparently there have been 15 incidents in the last 18 months. That hardly warrants a sweeping ban on across the entire city. I'd bet that baseball bats havecaused more harm and property damage over that same 18-month period.
Please express your sentiments on this shoddily-written and poorly-thought-outordinance to the South Jordan City Council prior to or during the June 17th council meeting.
And can we please plan an open-carry meeting in South Jordan?