City gets behind the Second Amendment

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

The ideals behind the right to bear arms are alive in well in Chiefland. Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a resolution of support for the Second Amendment at Monday night's meeting.

"This is basically a feel-good measure," said Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy, "But I'm in support of it."

There was no discussion among commissioners about what may have prompted the resolution, other than mention that Marion County had recently adopted something similar and a claim in the resolution that the current federal administration is somehow working to undermine the Second Amendment.

Still, despite the eventual approval of the resolution, there was some concern about its wording.

"I'm in support of the Second Amendment, also ..." said Commissioner Rollin Hudson, though, he said, parts of the resolution seemed to be a bit "negative."

Hudson had problems with two paragraphs, the first stating "the President and Vice President of the United States and certain members of Congress, have recently promoted the passage of laws, regulations or actions which would have the effect of infringing on the right of Americans to keep and bear arms ..."

"I don't see any reason that should be in there," he said.

Hudson said he also had an issue with a later paragraph in the resolution that refers to "infringements" as such things as gun registration, background checks, the banning of certain types of weapons and restrictions on concealed carry laws.

Support is support, he said. There doesn't need to be any mention of alleged "evidence" to thwart the U.S. Constitution.

Commissioners voted to pass the resolution, though the two paragraphs in question were stricken from its wording.


In other matters:

• Commissioners say the issue of a burned out house that has caused some uproar among community members should be addressed within the next two weeks or so.

"Excuse me for being irritated," a man in the audience at Monday night's meeting said, "but this has been going on for two years now, and it's still there."

The house, a pile of burnt rubble, is located just across the street from the Chiefland Senior Center. Officials, for the last couple of years, have been trying to determine ownership of the property and have also had trouble contacting those owners.

City Manager Kevin Gay said the city is now awaiting the return of certified letters sent out, and that it will be known by next week if the city can schedule a controlled burn of the debris still left on the property.

City Fire Chief James Harris said that, if all goes well, the fire department would burn the remaining structure and use the fire as an opportunity to train volunteers.

• Commissioners approved unanimously the adoption of rules allowing for public comment during meetings.

City Attorney Norm Fugate said the rules were in support of a recent state statute requiring that governmental bodies allow such.