Vermont Firing Range Bans Cops Over City's Gun Control Plan

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  1. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Burlington mayor, police call expulsion from firing range 'unfortunate'

    Jan 17, 2013
    Burlington’s mayor and the police department are using the same word to describe a Lamoille County firing range’s edict that city officers are unwelcome to train there in a dispute over gun control: “Unfortunate.”

    Reached Thursday evening, Mayor Miro Weinberger told the Burlington Free Press that the ban on city police use of the facility is “an unfortunate response to the beginning of a process by the City Council to attempt to protect Burlington’s children and community.”

    Said Burlington Police Department Deputy Chief Andi Higbee: “It is unfortunate that this important and much-needed community dialogue regarding gun control currently under way in the City of Burlington and across the Nation has resulted in this action.”

    At issue is a decision this week by the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club Inc. to order a halt to Burlington police officers’ use of the Morrisville facility. The action is a response to the City Council’s advancing a measure to ban semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity magazines in Burlington.

    The City Council’s action threatens constitutional freedoms, Robert Boivin II, board chairman, wrote in a letter to the police department and to city and state leaders.
    Thet letter, dated Tuesday, was obtained Wednesday by the Burlington Free Press, which broke the news of the expulsion on its website Wednesday night.

    The club’s executive board “can no longer support the City of Burlington with such a prejudice against our club and its members, and has voted to suspend the City’s use of our range for its law enforcement. This action is effective immediately,” Boivin wrote in the letter.

    “We hope that the council reconsiders its actions and redirects its efforts towards perpetrators of violent crimes and security issues,” Boivin continued.

    The city’s exclusion from the range likely would affect how and when officers train with firearms, Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling told the Free Press on Wednesday night.

    “Training facilities are limited in the area,” Schirling said. “It’s unfortunate that a polarized discussion of this nature has this kind of impact.”

    The Burlington City Council voted 10-3 earlier this month to direct its charter change committee to craft a ban on assault-type firearms and large-capacity magazines. The meeting was marked by a high turnout by the public, virtually all of whom were opposed to such a ban.

    Council President Joan Shannon, D-Ward 5, has said the measure would reach voters by March 2014 at the earliest — and then would require approval by the Vermont Legislature. She could not be reached for comment this week on the firing range’s actions.

    Copies of Boivin’s letter were emailed to Shannon, Schirling, Mayor Miro Weinberger, and to the offices of Gov. Peter Shumlin, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Vermont Speaker of the House Rep. Shap Smith, D-Morrisville.
    kellory, JABECmfg, BTPost and 3 others like this.
  2. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    Ha ha . . . it's for the children......libiots are going to get a lot of play from this.

    They need to build their own range. Do they expect a businessman to keep a business open just for them, while diminishing his livelihood at the same time?? Typical libtard.

    Burlington = commie = Berkley
  3. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Those Voters need to remind the City Fathers, that their actions on this matter, WILL be Remembered, come the NEXT Election cycle.... and NOT Remembered Kindly........
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