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FORT MADISON –– After listening to a stream of citizens object to a proposed ordinance banning those with permits from carrying guns on city properties, the Fort Madison City Council changed its mind Tuesday night.
The five council members present rejected the second reading of the ordinance they had endorsed just last month after listening to citizens question the constitutionality of it and predict future litigation. Council members Tim Waggoner and Kevin Rink were absent.
The ordinance would have prohibited citizens having a special permit from possessing their firearm while in city buildings or on city properties with a few exceptions. Among those exceptions were law enforcement officers, re-enactors using antique weapons and military honor guards at funerals. Amendments approved Dec. 21 added retired law enforcement officers with permits and elected officers with permits.
“I’m tired of these laws that don’t apply to everyone, like the smoking ban excluding casinos and now a gun ban except for the elite,” said Derek Gosnell.
Applause followed Gosnell’s comments, as well as from those having served in the military and law enforcement, and those having carrying permits.
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