Your humble correspondent was there on the fateful night when the Exeter Town Council shirked its responsibility to issue concealed carry permits to residents and punted the job to the RI Attorney General. This they did in front of dozens of townies and an equal amount of concerned NRA members. All of whom were pissed off because RI cities and towns are “shall issue” for the CCW permitting process, whereas the Attorney General’s office operates on a “may issue” basis—despite the RI Constitution’s crystal clarity on gun rights (“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”) The council’s excuse: they didn’t have the resources for the job. In other words, they wanted residents to jump through lots of hoops for their permit and didn’t want to be responsible for the hoopla. The AP reports that Exeterians are fighting back Colorado-style . . .
Election officials in Exeter have begun verifying hundreds of signatures gathered in an effort to recall four town councilors over their proposal to tweak the town’s policy for issuing concealed weapons permits.
Four of five council members supported a proposal that switches the responsibility for issuing the permits from the town clerk to the state attorney general’s office . . .
More than 600 people signed the petitions – 100 more than necessary to prompt a recall election.
The town’s Board of Canvassers began verifying signatures Tuesday.
The recall election would be held this fall.
And heads will roll. Democracy is, occasionally, a very fine thing indeed.