Smithsburg briefs

February 08, 2007

Weapons ordinance amendment misses mark

SMITHSBURG - A proposed ordinance amendment dealing with weapons like bows and arrows missed the mark, Town Councilman Thomas L. Chiarizia argued at Tuesday's meeting.

"I fear that adopting something this strict might set a dangerous precedent for things to come," Chiarizia said during a discussion of the amendment, which would have banned bows and arrows, and paintball guns.

Town Council agreed to hold off on the amendment while town attorney Charles Wagaman gives it another look. Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers and Chiarizia both said they believed the ordinance's prohibitions would take away youth opportunities for recreation.

Town Clerk/Treasurer Betsy Martin said a citizen's complaint a few months ago about someone using a bow and arrow close to a residence prompted the ordinance amendment.


Chiarizia said he believes government should leave some responsibility to parents.

"Just to blanketly say, 'You cannot do this,' I don't agree with that," Chiarizia said.

Myers stressed she did not agree with language dealing with paintball guns. She said she does not think the activity is dangerous, and other laws, such as malicious destruction of property, already address participants who misuse their paintball guns.

"We're always talking about (having) things for kids to do, and if everything gets taken away from them, everything will be illegal for them," Myers said.

Christmas planning set for this month

SMITHSBURG - Christmas is more than 10 months away, but the Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday mentioned its next old-fashioned holiday.

A meeting to plan the town event is Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at council chambers.

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