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Firearms rule might be reviewed

October 04, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

BOONSBORO - A Boonsboro Town Council ordinance barring firearms from public facilities and the park might get a second look, Councilman Richard Hawkins said in comments toward the end of Monday's meeting.

The ordinance, which the council passed in June, "is in the process of being reviewed ... maybe being revised a little bit, maybe being thrown out."

According to Town Manager John Kendall, a sportsman from outside Boonsboro has repeatedly criticized the ordinance. Kendall said after the meeting adjourned that the council might consider rewording the ordinance to eliminate possible misinterpretations.

The prohibition against firearms might be included in park regulations, said Kendall and Hawkins, who is a member of the town's park board.

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Hawkins said the council wants to be sure the police force has "an enforcement tool" to keep guns out of the park.

Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman said during the meeting that he has no intention of limiting anyone's rights, but the town has a responsibility to protect its citizens and people who use the park.

"No way, in no way, does the mayor (or) council want to take away anyone's rights to bear arms, or whatever," Kauffman said.

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