Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Brookhaven Police Chief Suggests Banning Guns at City Meetings

The Brookhaven Post has a piece regarding the Brookhaven police chief suggesting a ban on firearms in parts of Brookhaven where city leaders assemble.  See HERE for original article. Many will see his actions as anti-gun, others will not. Police chiefs opposed to concealed carry are a dime a dozen in the USA.  If your local chief is a proud member of the IACP (Int'l Association of Chiefs of Police) he/she is likely not a huge 2nd Amendment fan.  Not all police chiefs are anti-2nd Amendment and not all police organizations are anti-2nd Amendment.

The IACP is not known for its support of the Second Amendment because most police chiefs are appointed by gun-grabbing politicians.  The IACP wants only the police to have semi-auto rifles. And the IACP believes if you feel threatened that you still need to wait five days to purchase a firearm to protect yourself and family. The IACP annual conference is a great place to see new gear and technology.

For those of you new to Georgia, our state legislators passed HB 60 (Safe Carry Protection Act) last session.  Governor Deal signed it into law earlier this year.  From the Georgia Attorney General's office, an FAQ on the law:

So let's get back to the Brookhaven, GA police chief's alleged attempt to undermine work around GA law. Currently one can walk into a Brookhaven city council meeting or other public meeting at city hall carrying a firearm concealed. There is no metal detector and the law permits this action.  Same for Dunwoody* and other cities.  People have been carrying a concealed firearm to public meetings in Brookhaven and Dunwoody (and other cities) since July 1.  Some would argue the meetings are safer now compared to when only criminals concealed a handgun at a city hall meeting.  Others will say not.

I would recommend screening take place at City Council Meetings and other controversial planning / zoning meetings scheduled." Brookhaven Police Chief

Why does the chief  recommend screening?  Based on the new law, a person with a weapons carry license carrying a firearm cannot enter a Government building when the Government building has security personnel manning a security checkpoint. In other words, everyone attending (council and mayor cannot exempt themselves) a Brookhaven city council meeting (and other 'controversial' city meetings) will go through a metal detector.  Will Mayor Max Bloomberg Davis allow this restriction on visitors to Brookhaven meetings? In theory, you don't need your firearm here because the screening (when done properly) has made the place a gun-free zone, and supposedly a safe place to sit without personal protection.  If Brookhaven feels these controversial meetings are dangerous, then perhaps have an officer attend.  I've seen that in Dunwoody and other places. 

According to the article, "In response to this new gun law and requests from the City Administration to ensure the highest degree of safety at City Hall, Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura gave the council a couple of suggestions for consideration."  Okay all you Brookhaven folks, you may want to file an Open Records Request and see about these requests for the highest degree of safety from city administrators. 

From the article:  to ensure the highest degree of safety at City Hall

Mayor J. Max Davis, you want to ensure the highest degree of safety at city hall?  Require your council members and city administrators to all carry a Glock, and allow citizens with a Weapons Carry License to carry concealed at your meetings. 

If Brookhaven screens for firearms, they should also screen for lighters and matches, thus eliminating the need for fire extinguishers and fire suppressor/sprinkler systems, offsetting the cost of the additional police officer.  And why does Brookhaven even have fire extinguishers?  We do have a fire department in DeKalb.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many folks in Dunwoody actually have a valid Georgia Weapons Carry License.

It would also be very interesting to have this police chief document, in detail, the top five scenarios that he envisions and how the new law affects the risk profile and how his measures mitigate that risk.

The implication is alarming. The only thing that changed on July 1 was that now someone other than criminals (and those excluded from obeying "our" laws can carry a firearm into unprotected City Halls. By suggesting that poses a heightened danger he is saying that law abiding holders of a GWCL are a threat.