Connecticut Carry was on site in Weston at the Board of Selectmen meeting with volunteers in a standing-room-only middle school cafeteria with approximately 200 people. Connecticut Carry spent most of the meeting talking to residents and local police about their concerns and questions related to the proposed ban. The Weston Police Department once again showed remarkable resolve and grace in the face of an ordinance that would be downright ridiculous for them to try and enforce.
Literature disappeared as quickly as it could be distributed and Weston residents once again came fully armed with their own knowledge and research about the facts surrounding their town’s proposed gun ban. It is difficult to tell if the reams of information we distributed at the police commissioner’s meeting helped, but it certainly felt like it.
Town residents made it clear that the select people had overstepped their bounds and had brought needless negative national attention and potential legal liability to their small town. Residents uniformly rejected the proposed tyranny of the Board of Selectmen and instead offered solid suggestions to put armed security in the schools and to look into changes to mental health care instead.
A small group of extreme anti-rights activists from the CSGV-spawned ‘March for Change’ would occasionally speak up with their typical inflammatory talking points about removing civil rights from the town of Weston so that they could send their children to a stranger’s house unsupervised with no parental responsibility. These arguments were met with limited and sporadic applause from even their own activists.
Meanwhile, the residents of Weston that stood their ground and defended their rights were met with large amounts of applause and even shouts of encouragement. There was a real feeling of community amongst the Weston residents present and everyone was courteous and polite.
During the meeting it became clear that the Board of Selectmen had retreated from their ridiculous gun ban ordinance and gone back to discussing clarifications to their 1990 unlawful discharge ordinance. The Board of Selectmen cited a huge outpouring of resistance to their plans from across the state and from across the country as reasons why they had reconsidered their stances.
Connecticut Carry will continue to monitor the ongoing discussions, work closely with residents and the police department and educate and inform those involved as to what is legally acceptable and to advocate on behalf of the residents of Weston.
We are excited to see that the residents of Weston have backed their Board of Selectmen down. They all deserve a pat on the back for having such resolve. This isn’t completely over yet, but they have sure come a long way!
More information on this issue can be found on http://ctcarry.com/WestonBan.
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Connecticut Carry is dedicated to advancing and protecting the fundamental civil rights of the men and women of Connecticut to keep and bear arms for defense of themselves and the state as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Connecticut.