At the local level, however, where city and county rules and regulations are passed guns should be permitted — at least according to state lawmakers who passed House Bill 2052, essentially allowing the possession of firearms on certain governmental property. Frighteningly, this includes such municipal buildings as city halls, but also city swimming pools, city-owned recreation buildings like the Don Woodard Center, municipal auditoriums, municipal airports and more. Similarly, county buildings, such as the Franklin County Office Annex, also are included. Schools are exempted from the new firearm free-for-all.
It makes little sense to make this new law, which resulted in yet another unfunded mandate that cities and counties are left to contend with – fast. The law goes into effect July 1, though municipalities can request an exemption to delay implementation until January 2014. Though many people believe legislators will revisit the new law and tweak the language to improve it, one wonders how and why the state thought this measure was necessary to protect the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution when guns are practically everywhere already. This law will impose prohibitive expenses on municipalities to “provide adequate security measures” at the entrances to public buildings.
Forcing local and state government entities to install metal detectors or hire armed security personnel for every public building makes little sense. The zealotry of some members of the public who want to be able to possess a gun no matter where they go is unreasonable and won’t make our society safer either.
Unlike smoking bans that were imposed to improve the air quality for everyone else in public buildings, permitting even more guns will make public settings less safe and more scary places to be for most people. Though bordering on the ridiculous, one wonders where the person allowed to possess a gun at the city pool will stash it when he or she jumps into the water. Where does the gun go when a person is preparing to exercise at a recreation facility? And how likely is it then for an unsuspecting child to pick up that firearm and misuse it?
Legislators need to reverse this unneeded law and stop protecting and expanding rights that are doing just fine as they are.
— Jeanny Sharp,