It was reported today that Hancock County (Iowa) decided not to enact their new weapons ordinance. The ordinance was to be read for a third time today, and if given a favorable vote by the three Supervisors, would effectively ban the carrying of firearms on all County property – even if the person carrying the weapon possessed a valid Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons.
According to the report, 642 citizens signed a petition urging the Supervisors to reconsider their position on this ordinance. Another 20 citizens showed up in person to the Board Meeting today to express their opinions of the proposed ordinance.
Most of the Hancock County officials who were quoted expressed some level of surprise over the actual wording and effects of the ordinance. This is somewhat difficult to believe, given that the ordinance had been read twice before prior to today’s meeting.
Furthermore, it appears that Hancock County has not totally given up on the idea, as the Supervisors said that a different, more “focused” ordinance may come up for review later on. Unfortunately, any future ordinance will be just as illegal as this one.
Both Iowa Carry and the NRA were made aware of the proposed ordinance late last week, and both groups prepared letters that were to be sent today advising the Supervisors of the illegality of the ordinance. Because of the quick decision by the Supervisors, neither group was able to organize a grass-roots effort to oppose the ordinance prior to today’s decision. But both groups say they will continue to monitor the county for future actions. Iowa Carry has obtained legal counsel to review both the scrapped Hancock County ordinance as well as the West Burlington, Iowa ordinance that remains on the books. A decision on the West Burlington ordinance should be released within the next two weeks.
In the meantime, localities across Iowa should be aware that peaceful, law abiding citizens who have a desire to protect themselves outside of the home are no longer going to keep bending over and giving up ground. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental right, deeply rooted in the culture of this country. Attacks on this right will be met with resistance that will grow ever stronger with each passing day, week, and month. As the Supervisors of Hancock County found out today, that resistance is no longer able to be discounted or dismissed.
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