In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings, the town of Weston, Connecticut is considering its own local ordinance that would add significant gun control restrictions. According to NPR, the town is considering:
- A ban on assault weapons, automatic weapons and high capacity magaznes
- Require safe and secure storage of all firearms when they are not being used
- Require registration of all firearms in the town
Violation of the ordinance would result in a $500 fine.
BEHIND THE SCENES, the town of Weston has a population of about 10,000 with no county government. The town runs its own schools, hires its own police, writes its own laws . The median household in the town is just over $209,000 according to the 2010 U.S. census -- and has almost no gun-related crime. In the past 12 years, there has been only one murder, one rape and one robbery, and is one of the safest places to live in America. Nevertheless, the town is moving forward with new gun control measures.
According to Weston's Daily Voice, which quotes First Selectman Gayle Weinstein, the town believes:
“We should move forward to protect ourselves. We shouldn't wait for the state and federal government to make new regulations but if our ordinances conflict with new state or federal laws, we can change them later.”
Weston residents attending a town meeting to discuss the proposed gun control ordinance "generally supported" the passage of the new restrictions, "but warned the selectmen not to infringe on the rights of gun owners."
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