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Gun Banning signs coming down at local park

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by foghorn220, Jul 3, 2011.

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  1. foghorn220

    foghorn220 Active Member

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    A sign warning visitors not to bring firearms into Carson Park is shown Friday on the outside of the park's floral hall building along Joe Clifton Drive in Paducah.
    Park’s signs banning firearms to be removed
    McCracken Fiscal Court commissioners have agreed to remove signs prohibiting firearms in Carson Park.

    Paducah resident Charley Pulley, an advocate for citizens’ gun rights, told Judge-Executive Van Newberry that the signs, which were erected at the entrances of the county-owned park and prohibited carrying firearms into the public premises, were unconstitutional.

    According to Kentucky law, any law-abiding citizen over the age of 18 is permitted to openly carry a firearm on his or her person or in a vehicle. Open carry means that the firearm is carried within plain sight. Pulley has said he exercises this right in most places that he goes, which included several recent city commission meetings.

    Laws for concealed carry, which is the carrying of a covered firearm, are more stringent. According to statute, the minimum age is 21 and there are more laws against it in select places, such as municipal buildings.

    The state statute cited on the signs at Carson Park, one of which was still posted Friday on the outside of Floral Hall near the entrance, refers to concealed carry, not open carry, Pulley pointed out.

    Newberry said Pulley’s concerns about the Carson Park signs were completely founded and the commissioners agreed at a meeting Wednesday to take them down. Commissioner Ronnie Freeman said he researched an attorney general statute that opines the signs are not constitutional.

    “As far as I’m concerned, there is no real need for discussion,” he said of ordering removal of the signs.

    Contact Mallory Panuska, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8684.SNbS

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  2. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Good. We need to educate these boobs that the Second Amendment is a CIVIL RIGHT.
     
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