Northport [AL] City Council to Open Carriers: GTFO

 

“It won’t be illegal to openly carry guns on city property and parks in Northport,” tuscaloosanews.com reports, “but officials there said it will not be permitted.” See what they did there? The City Council won’t arrest open carriers on City property because . . . they can’t. Open Carry is legal in Alabama. But they will ask them to leave city property and parks and arrest then arrest them for trespassing if they don’t skid addle because . . . they can. “We do not want to infringe on anyone’s right to carry firearms,” [Northport City Administrator Scott] Collins said. WAIT! Why is that people who want to infringe on our Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms always say they don’t want to infringe on our Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms? OK, go . . .

However, our highest priority will always be the safety concerns of the public. Anytime their handgun or firearm becomes an issue on city property, or elsewhere, we’ll take every step to preserve the safety of the public first and address legal concerns (about open carry laws) second.

So if a member of the public is concerned about an Alabamian exercising the Second Amendment (example please) their concern has a higher priority than the right itself? In the same sense that the people who were concerned that blacks were educated enough to vote were justified in creating literacy tests for voting, yes?

Speaking of which, those of you who thought that gun control was a problem faced by certain Northern states and California’s urban areas just got schooled.

comments

  1. avatar Avid Reader says:

    Ah, the political class vs. the rest of us.

    We are supposed to obey our betters, doncha’ know?

  2. avatar David W. says:

    Well all the comments on that article says the news person was wrong, and that’s not what it actually is, or it IS what it actually is, and the city is breaking the law. All comments so far have been against it. One guy was talking about how open carry should always be legal and concealed carry should require a license. When it comes down to it, I believe that will stop crime more then anything. Why do criminals always run when a concealed carry person pulls their gun? They don’t want to die. The worse cops can do to them is give them 3 square meals a day in a big building with all their friends.

  3. avatar ST says:

    For once, i’d like to see a government hoplophobe in America who’s honest and says they want anything and everything to do with guns banned. Such an opponent would at least possess some integrity alongside their willfull ignorance.

    1. avatar Grey Wolf says:

      yes but that would cause them not to get voted in and they cant have that (being said sarcastically)

  4. avatar jwm says:

    I smell a lawsuit in the making.

    1. avatar Grey Wolf says:

      there lucky my car is down and i cant go visit mom in Foley…as i would be seeing some friends in north port and would be Open carrying in there park …and they better hope they dont get to meet me either

  5. avatar JSIII says:

    Yeah That sounds like it is against the law someone needs to make an example of themselves and get a court case going ASAP.

    1. avatar Grey Wolf says:

      well i was going to go Open Carry there but my car decided to stop running this morning lol so i am working on it now to get it back so i can make a trip to NP

  6. avatar Gregolas says:

    Yes. Northport will lose any court challenge b/c we have a preemption law that reserves all fireams laws to the legislature of AL.

  7. avatar Sam says:

    I’m a student at UA, just across the river. My wife will kill me, but if I had a few lawyers backing me up, I’d willfully open carry all over Northport city property.

    Rights are rights. Nowhere is there a right to be concerned. I’m tired of this crap.

    1. avatar Grey Wolf says:

      Sam if yours kills you and mine kills me who will save us…

  8. avatar Bruce W. Krafft says:

    My question is simple: If this is city property and open to the public (like parks or a library) what grounds will they use to trespass OCers?

    1. avatar Billy Wardlaw says:

      They simply ask you to leave (no excuse required), if you refuse you are instantly guilty of trespassing and subject to arrest.

      1. avatar Dennis Stacy says:

        Not so. There has to be a reason on public property. A policy does not trump state law ever.

  9. avatar Bob says:

    Is it possible to trespass on public property that is open to the public? Can someone trespass on a sidewalk? He can ‘create a disturbance’ or something like that, but can someone trespass in a place he has every right to be in?

  10. avatar GS650G says:

    Funny I thought the USC was the supreme law of the land, not an ordinance created to satisfy a few mamby pambies

  11. avatar Ian says:

    It’s okay for the government to suppress rights of it citizens if it’s for safety… /sarcasm

  12. avatar Grey Wolf says:

    ok here is the issue summed up they think there above the law and we are to do as were told….when we the people are there boss and they should do as there told….call them and pitch a fit…after they have a few “voters” telling them there on grounds of being impeached they will change it…

  13. avatar Dennis Stacy says:

    Ask king Collins to show any open carry law for Alabama. It is just a personal agenda that he is trying to push and hide behind the city..Oh also ask the king and his merry jester(city attorney ) the meaning of Alabama’s Criminal coercion law and what it means. Lord knows he going to have to know soon.

    1. avatar Dennis Stacy says:

      Section 13A-6-25
      Criminal coercion.
      (a) A person commits the crime of criminal coercion if, without legal authority, he threatens to confine, restrain or to cause physical injury to the threatened person or another, or to damage the property or reputation of the threatened person or another with intent thereby to induce the threatened person or another against his will to do an unlawful act or refrain from doing a lawful act.

      (b) Criminal coercion is a Class A misdemeanor.

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