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Letter: Gilbert council right to keep guns out of public buildings

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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 1:15 pm

In attending and speaking at the Aug. 1 Gilbert Town Council meeting, was appalled at what took place. I was there to speak against an issue of being in compliance with state law in having guns in public buildings. Two council members wanted to have the right for all to be able to arm themselves in public buildings — including the town council chambers.

The usual second amendment arguments were brought up and debated. I however was shocked when council member Eddie Cook had a question about the gun lockers that are in place at the council chambers. He brought a “show and tell” huge gun case that would carry a larger or assault type weapon.

He had mentioned at a previous meeting he owned a AK-47. He was having a problem with the gun lockers not being big enough to hold a larger weapon like he was showing.

After gathering my senses I have a couple questions. One: How many people actually bring these type of weapons to the town council meetings to store in gun lockers? Two: Does the Town of Gilbert have a policy that bans city employees from bringing any weapons to the workplace? Wouldn’t Mr. Cook be in violation of such a policy?

How extreme can we get? Thank God we have moderates on the council, and Mayor Lewis, that voted to keep guns out of our public buildings by a 4-2 vote. Mr.Cook, keep your gun home.

John Chiazza

Gilbert

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